New Delhi, Jun 21: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been constantly monitoring the situation in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar where more than 140 children died due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome.
Dr Vardhan tweeted, 'PM has been constantly monitoring the situation. It was as per his instructions that I went to Muzaffarpur. Based on PM’s guidance, Centre is providing all possible support to the Bihar Government. We are committed to defeat this illness.'
On Thursday, he instructed for deployment of eight advanced life support ambulances in the affected districts of Bihar to contain the situation arising due to Encephalitis cases in the state.
The Minister said eight additional advanced life support ambulances have been pressed into service for transportation of critical patients under National Health Mission.
The central teams of 10 pediatricians and five para-medics sent on Wednesday, have been deployed in the field and have started working in coordination with the state government.
Dr Vardhan added that 16 senior district officials and medical personnel have been sent to the vulnerable blocks for monitoring and early identification of cases and ensuring daily reporting. Their headquarters have also been shifted to these blocks also.
He said the District Collector (DC) has now got involved and is personally taking responsibility.
“The state government has started a social audit along with active case finding campaign through house to house survey and moving the prospective patients to the nearest PHC for early intervention. Surprise checks are also being conducted at the PHCs by the Senior Deputy Collectors. Additionally, the early morning inspection of Anganwadi Centres is also being undertaken by SDCs and Child development Project Officers. They are also distributing of ORS to each house in the affected villages,' he stated.
The National Human Rights Commission on Thursday issued a notice to Health Secretary to submit a report within four weeks on observations made by the Commission over the deplorable public health infrastructure in the country.
'The Commission has observed that large number of deaths of the innocent people including women, children and elderly persons are taking place due to lack of proper medical care, infrastructure, manpower and due to administrative failure, across the country. Apart from the death of 143 children in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar due to AES, the Commission has recounted the loss of lives in Gorakhpur due to Japanese Encephalitis, death of newly born infants and other patients due to failure of oxygen supply, carrying of dead bodies by family members on their shoulders because of non-availability of ambulances, incidents of delivery of babies in front of the hospitals due to negligence and non-availability of doctors,' the NHRC has said in a statement. (UNI)