Bihar Encephalitis Deaths: Toll reaches 109, doctors brought from outside for treatment of affected children

Patna: Some doctors have been brought from outside to administer appropriate treatment to the encephalitis affected patients, Bihar Chief Secretary Deepak Kumar on Tuesday said.

So far, 109 children have died due to acute encephalitis syndrome in Muzaffarpur.

Twelve additional doctors have been posted at Sri Krishna Medical College & Hospital from various districts in Muzaffarpur, of which 4 are from Darbhanga Medical College & Hospital, 4 from Nalanda Medical College & Hospital and 4 from Patna Medical College & Hospital.

“There is no shortage of doctors and all of them are carrying out their duties. However to strengthen the services, some doctors hace brought from outside as directed by the chief minister. Some doctors from DMCH and PMCH are being sent there today,” Kumar told the reporters.

The Chief Secretary said the government has told all ASHA workers, ANMs, Anganwadi workers to distribute ORS in all households

“Awareness is being created that children should not sleep on an empty stomach and be immediately brought to the hospital if they fall sick. We have given directions that all ASHA workers, ANMs, Anganwadi workers distribute ORS in all households and tell them its importance,” he said.

It was also decided that a team will visit all the houses in encephalitis affected areas to know their socio-economic and environmental background.

“It is been decided that a team will visit all houses, where children have been affected, to know their socio-economic and environmental background. The team will assess their condition, poverty, sanitation and see if there was an environmental factor behind it,” he said.

Talking about the government-run SKMCH in Muzaffarpur, where the maximum number of encephalitis affected patients are being admitted, the Chief Secretary said that it will be converted into 2500-bed hospital so that more people will be accommodated at the time of need.

“It has been decided that SKMCH will be converted into a 2500-bed hospital, currently it has 610 beds. In the next year, it will be taken up to 1500 beds and 2500 later. A 100-bed ICU will be made there, it has 50-beds. A ‘dharamshala’ will be built there for relatives and families,” he added.

Kumar reiterated that Bihar government will bear the expense of the treatment of the patients.

(With agency inputs)