Bihar AES death toll crosses 126, SC to hear plea

New Delhi: The death toll children due to an outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Bihar’s Muzzafarpur district crossed a shocking 126 on Wednesday. The Supreme Court (SC) has agreed to look into the matter

The apex court’s vacation bench of justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant agreed to hear the plea on Monday, June 24 after the petitioner’s counsel sought an urgent listing of the matter.

The plea also sought a direction to the Centre for providing all necessary medical equipment and other supports for the effective treatment of the children suffering from the epidemic disease.

The petition filed by advocate Manohar Pratap claimed that he was deeply pained and saddened by the deaths of more than 126 children, mostly in the age group of one to 10 years, in the past week and the figures were rising day by day.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar along with Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi visited children suffering from AES and admitted in Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur on Tuesday. While Bihar CM lauded the arrangements at the hospital, his government also faced severe criticism for being able to get a hold on the outbreak.

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