Bihar: Encephalitis death toll rises to 103, NHRC points to 'flaw' in vaccination schemes

-The Indian Express

AES affects the central nervous system, mostly in children and young adults. It starts with high fever, then hampers neurological functions causing mental disorientation, seizure, confusion, delirium, coma.

New Delhi:
The National Human Rights Commission on Monday issued notices to the Union Health Ministry and Bihar government as the death toll due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) rose to 103 in Muzaffarpur.

“The NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance of media reports about the rising number of deaths of children due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar in the past few days,” NHRC said in a statement.

The NHRC has sought a response within four weeks and other steps taken to deal with the situation. “The commission would also like to know about the status of the treatment being provided to the children, who are currently hospitalised, and the relief or rehabilitation provided by the state to the aggrieved families,” it said.

The human rights agency pointed out that the deaths of children in such a large number indicate towards a “possible flaw” in the proper implementation of the vaccination and awareness programmes.

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The Indian Express, 17 June, 2019,

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