SC issues notice to Centre, Bihar and UP govts on Acute Encephalitis Syndrome deaths

24/Jun/2019 10:59:58pm

Taking a serious view of the children deaths due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Bihar, the Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to Centre, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh governments to file papers disbursing details of facilities dealing with nutrition and sanitation, public health, for treatment of children suffering from AES.

The plea filed by two advocates — Sanpreet Singh Ajmani and Manohar Pratap — urges both the Centre and Bihar government to work in unison and immediately arrange 500 intensive care units (ICUs) with essential medical staff to deal with the calamity.

The petition contends: “The children are dying in dozens owing to shortage of proper care, medicines and lack of intensive care units in hospitals of the area.”

The plea further urges apex court intervention saying that only it could save lives of thousands of children.

As many as 121 children have died due to AES in various parts of Bihar including Muzaffarpur, Banka, Sitamarhi, Samastipur, East Champaran, Patna, Bhagalpur and West Champaran. The reports said that out of the 121 children, 100 children have died in Muzaffarpur’s Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH).