THE CONSIDERABLE increase in influx of suspected JE patients at the BRD Medical College has exposed the hollowness of the administration’s tall claims regarding preparation to deal with the situation.
While there are 97 patients undergoing treatment in the paediatric ward of the college, the intensive care unit is jam-packed with patients. However, the administration is adamant that the situation is under control.
A total of 200 suspected JE patients were brought to the hospital over the last fortnight (August 2 to 17). On August 2, the total number of patients in the hospital was 258 but the numbers rose to 456 on August 17. Moreover, with three more patients succumbing to the disease over the last 24 hours, the death toll has gone up to 68.
However, the patients undergoing treatment in the paediatric ward are not getting medicines and food from the medical college.
Besides, neither has a help line been set up nor an elected representative of the people taken the pains to visit the medical college to enquire about the patients’ plight.
A five-member non-government organisation delegation comprising former vice-chancellor of the university Prof Radhey Mohan Mishra, former GM of NER Lalji Singh, former education director LP Pandey and senior eye surgeon Dr MM Seth visited the college and expressed their concern over the deplorable condition of the patients. They rued that lack of basic amenities in the wards had compounded patients’ problems.
According to a report, Gorakhpur district was the worst affected district with 105 suspected JE patients admitted to the medical college and 17 falling prey to it.
Another two-dozen JE patients were admitted to private hospitals and six of them died while undergoing treatment.
Ninety-eight patients were brought from Kushinagar to the medical college, of who 14 died. From Bihar, 77 patients were brought here and 12 succumbed to the disease.
Similarly, eight out of the 63 patients from Maharajganj district lost their battle with death.
The other districts from where patients flocked to the medical college were: Deoria (39), Sant Kabirnagar (23), Siddharth Nagar (12) and Basti (9). Around one dozen patients of these districts died from the killer disease.