According to a tweet by ANI, 88 kids have been killed in Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital while 19 have lost their lives in Kejriwal Hospital in Bihar.
"To establish the cause of the disease, there is an urgent need for an inter-disciplinary, high-quality research team", Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan said on Monday following a high-level meeting with officials from the ministry, the All India Institute of Medical Science and the Indian Council of Medical Research. Things are being spruced up so that it makes a favourable impression on the chief minister.
While doctors have maintained that the deaths occurred due to AES, state officials claimed that most of the victims, below the age of 10, have died due to hypoglycemia - a condition caused by low level of blood sugar, electrolyte imbalance due to high temperature and extreme humidity.
He emphasised on the need to create awareness to prevent the disease and said children should be given ORS, should not be made to sleep with an empty stomach and reach the PHC as soon as possible. The AES is also called "Chamki" fever in Hindi.
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In the meantime, hordes of people gathered outside the hospital and started shouting slogans like "Nitish Kumar go back", angry over the chief minister choosing to visit the city only after the number of casualties had crossed the three-digit mark. "We've given directions that all ASHA workers, ANMs and anganwadi workers should distribute ORS in all households and educate the families about its importance". It will also ask that a team of medical experts be set up to deal with the crisis. "He also said that the Chief Minister was satisfied with the present medical treatment being provided".
After the meeting the government swung into action, declaring it would bear the expense for treatment of those found with the syndrome even if it took place at private hospitals.
Muzaffarpur MP Ajay Nishad on Tuesday blamed 4G - Gaon (village), Garmi (heat), Gareebi (poverty) and Gandagi (poor hygiene) for the deaths of 134 children due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Bihar.
Indian health minister Harsh Vardhan said: "The government will leave no stone unturned to contain it at the earliest".