The toll of children’s death from the deadly Encephalitis has crossed 100. The shocking rise in the death toll in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, exposes the unpreparedness of the health authorities of the state. Reports have come in that more and more cases are being brought in for treatment and hospital beds are full. Doctors are working overtime to save the children’s lives.
Reports of 101 deaths of children who succumbed to Encephalitis have come in. More than 280 children are in the ICU at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital, Muzaffarpur, where 80 children have already succumbed to the disease.
On Sunday Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had visited the state after news of the rising number of Encephalitis cases was reported. He promised that, ‘The central government will provide all possible help including financial to help control the situation, provide proper treatment and develop proper infrastructure needed for it.’
Encephalitis that has flu like symptoms like high fever, convulsions and headache is virus borne. Doctors opine that the heat wave in the state have only added to the medical problems causing so many to succumb to the disease.