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Audit report on AES deaths puts Bihar govt in dock -Arun Kumar

approval by the Central and actual expenditure, even as preventive, case management and rehabilitation system did not strengthen over the same period. The report quotes superintendent of SKMCH in Muzaffarpur as saying that malnutrition in children, hot and humid conditions and low baseline sugar level were the responsible factors for the causalities due to AES. The report also blames the poor fund management, saying it remained parked at the st

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Data on AES related deaths in Bihar during May-June this year is fraught with confusion

In the month of June this year, encephalitis related deaths in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district grabbed the headlines. Actually, most of the children, who were admitted or died at Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), hailed from East Champaran, Vaishali, Sitamarhi and Samastipur apart from Muzaffarpur. Unfortunately, till recently official data on the number of cases and deaths related to

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Don't blame the litchi -T Jacob John

-The Indian Express Deaths in Muzaffarpur are due to chronic malnutrition Muzaffarpur in Bihar is famous for litchis and infamous for children dying due to annual seasonal brain disease outbreaks. The common brain diseases in children with high mortality are meningitis, encephalitis and encephalopathy. These three have clear-cut differences and very different treatments. Trained paediatricians know

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Healthcare's primary problem -Soham D Bhaduri

tical for such a PHC, catering to more than three times the standard population size, to have at least two doctors. However, three-fourths of the nearly 1,900 PHCs in Bihar have just one doctor each. Muzaffarpur has 103 PHCs (about 70 short of the ideal number) with 98 of them falling short of basic requirements outlined by the Health Management Information System. Bihar, one of the most populous States, had a doctor-population ratio of 1:17,685 in 20

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Lessons that Delhi journalists can learn from local media at Muzaffarpur -Umesh Kumar Ray There were those who milked the AES outbreak for TRPs. And there were those who helped out while carrying out their journalistic duties. Even as Bihar mourns the deaths of over 150 children owing to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), a section of the media milked the grave situation to boost TRPs. Some journalists irresponsibly barged into the ICUs of one of the hospitals treating most of the children for live reporting. There were also journalists from the language med

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Medical investigators say Muzaffarpur deaths probably due to malnutrition and delayed care

The team of doctors investigating the deaths found no trace of litchi in at least 40 per cent of children who died A team of doctors investigating the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) deaths in Muzaffarpur has claimed that the attribution to litchi is likely to be wrong and that it found no trace of litchi in at least 40 per cent of children who succumbed to AES-like symptoms in the city and nearby areas. It said that chronic malnourishment a

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AES in Bihar: Poor anganwadi centres failed to deliver

r teaching children, and my registers everyday to and fro from home,” says the sevika (the main service provider) of the AWC in Talimpur village’s Madhuban block told DTE. Most AWCs in Muzaffarpur, East Champaran (Motihari) and Sitamarhi districts that Down To Earth (DTE) visited, appears to be in similar appalling condition. Please click here to read more.

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In Muzaffarpur, AES is a grim reaper that stalks poor children -Ayush Tiwari

e half-clad and malnourished. The fathers are either peasants or labourers. The children do not go to school.   By the time Newslaundry met almost a dozen affected families across villages in Muzaffarpur and Vaishali, it became clear that AES is as much a socio-economic disorder as a neurological one. Please click here to read more.

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India must recognise the right to a minimally decent life -Rajeev Bhargava

s are punished for legal violations, the government of the day must also be punished for the violation of these basic rights. Three thoughts occur to me in the aftermath of the horrific tragedy in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, where the systemic failure of health care has killed over a hundred children. First, like the constitutional principle of a basic structure, it is time to articulate an equally robust doctrine of basic rights. Second, these basic right

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Bihar hospital doctors lack training, finds AIIMS team -Sana Shakil and Rajesh K Thakur

-The New Indian Express Most of the children afflicted by AES are admitted in the SKMCH as it is the largest hospital that caters to at least eight districts in the vicinity. Muzaffarpur: Untrained doctors who don’t have the skill to handle critical equipment in intensive care units, and the lack of an awareness drive because of the Lok Sabha elections in April-May, could be behind the sudden spike in the deaths of children due to suspec

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