Encephalitis deaths: Harsh Vardhan to visit Bihar

Encephalitis deaths: Harsh Vardhan to visit Bihar

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New Delhi, Jun15 : Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan, ahead of his visit to Bihar, here on Saturday said the Centre is extending all support to Bihar for containment and management of recent surge of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome and Japanese Encephalitis cases.

Dr Vardhan said, 'I shall be going to Muzaffarpur tomorrow(Sunday) to take stock and review the situation at the site with the state government.” The Minister will be interacting with the multi-disciplinary teams deployed there and address the state level review meeting, an official statement said here.He said “I shall discuss the management measures being recommended by the high level expert team of the Centre, and support that can be extended through National Health Mission (NHM) for health systems strengthening, and other Ministries of the Central government including the Ministry of Women and Child Development as part of the immediate and long term measures.”

The Health Ministry is constantly monitoring the situation and supporting the State health authorities in managing the AES/JE cases, he said, adding that “The continued round-the-clock presence of the Central and State Teams in the affected areas and preventive actions taken by them have instilled confidence among the public. We will soon be able to contain the rise in AES/JE cases.”

Elaborating on the support being extended to Bihar, Dr Vardhan said, “A multi- disciplinary specialist high level team has been deployed by the Health Ministry. Experts drawn from NCDC/NVBDCP/ ICMR/AIIMS, Patna/ Child Health Division of the Health Ministry are part of this Central team and are supporting the State in containing the surge in cases of encephalopathy/ encephalitis”.

The Union Health Minister has met Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey recently and discussed the reported rise in cases of AES from Muzaffarpur and JE from Gaya in Bihar, and public health measures for their containment. (UNI)