Encephalitis death tolls rises to 100, Rs 4L Ex gratia announced

Patna: Superintendent at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) on Monday, 17 June said that the death toll in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) has risen to 100.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan faced severe backlash from the relatives of patients for not having enough beds. He has assured that a 100-bed children ward would be set up at SKMCH. During his visit, supporters of Jan Adhikar Party waved black flags at the Union Minister.

Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed grief over the children’s death in Muzaffarpur and ordered a compensation of Rs 4 lakh as ex-gratia to the next of the kin of the deceased, an official release said.

He also directed the officials of the health department, the district administration as well as doctors to take all possible measures to tackle the disease. The Chief Minister prayed for a speedy recovery of the children suffering from suspected Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES).

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