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PM calls Bihar AES deaths ‘matter of pain and shame’

Acute encephalitis syndrome claimed one more life in Muzaffarpur on Wednesday, taking the total number of casualties across the state to 154, officials said.
The Prime Minister said what had happened in Bihar might happen in some other state too. Therefore, there should be awareness and work on issues like nutrition and health initiatives such as Ayushman Bharat. (Photo @BJP4India)
The Prime Minister said what had happened in Bihar might happen in some other state too. Therefore, there should be awareness and work on issues like nutrition and health initiatives such as Ayushman Bharat. (Photo @BJP4India)
Updated on Jun 27, 2019 12:45 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

Bihar man carries dead son on shoulders, district magistrate orders probe

Similar incidents in May 2017 in Majhaulia village of Muzaffarpur, and in October 2017 in Patna, had raised questions on health care system in the state.
Lack of ambulances in district hospitals has been a perennial problem in Bihar.(HT File Photo/Representative Imagre)
Lack of ambulances in district hospitals has been a perennial problem in Bihar.(HT File Photo/Representative Imagre)
Updated on Jun 26, 2019 11:03 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Patna | By HT Correspondent

FIR against 39 for Bihar AES protests

The fear of AES forced villagers in Harivanshpur village of Vaishali district to vacate their homes. Most families moved home with their children in tow to other villages after the outbreak of the vector-borne disease.
In this file photo, Indian children suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) are surrounded by relatives as they are treated at the government-run Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur district in the eastern state of Bihar. (Photo by STR / AFP)
In this file photo, Indian children suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) are surrounded by relatives as they are treated at the government-run Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur district in the eastern state of Bihar. (Photo by STR / AFP)
Updated on Jun 25, 2019 11:55 PM IST
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Patna | By HT Correspondent

4 new AES in Muzaffarpur, but no more AES deaths in Bihar

The Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) wing of Bihar’s health department had reported 11 cases on Sunday and 42 cases a day before, with two deaths.
A man sleeps next to his daughter who is suffering from acute encephalitis syndrome at a hospital in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, June 20, 2019.(REUTERS)
A man sleeps next to his daughter who is suffering from acute encephalitis syndrome at a hospital in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, June 20, 2019.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 25, 2019 03:43 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Patna | By Ruchir Kumar, Patna

SC tells Centre, Bihar govt to respond on encephalitis deaths

The apex court asked the Centre and the state government to respond within seven days with details of medical facilities, sanitation, nutrition and hygiene conditions in Bihar.
The Supreme Court on Monday expressed “grave concern” over deaths caused by the outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Bihar .(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The Supreme Court on Monday expressed “grave concern” over deaths caused by the outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Bihar .(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 25, 2019 08:26 AM IST
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Activist who put ‘Tejashwi missing’ hoarding receives death threats

On Saturday, Hashmi receved a call from an anonymous person who threatened to send him to Pakistan and warned him with dire consequences.
The activist, who is a native of Muzafffarpur’s Adiapur village, says that ever since he put up the hoarding, he has been receiving innumerable calls from anonymous persons abusing him(File photo)
The activist, who is a native of Muzafffarpur’s Adiapur village, says that ever since he put up the hoarding, he has been receiving innumerable calls from anonymous persons abusing him(File photo)
Updated on Jun 25, 2019 03:23 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Muzaffarpur | By KJ Saquib

Bihar’s AES cases: Survey exposes loopholes in execution of government welfare plans

The socio-economic survey has begun in the villages falling under the districts worst hit by AES, with the district of Muzaffarpur seeing the highest number of deaths.
A socio-economic survey has begun in the villages falling under the districts worst hit by AES in Bihar.(ANI)
A socio-economic survey has begun in the villages falling under the districts worst hit by AES in Bihar.(ANI)
Published on Jun 24, 2019 02:30 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Muzaffarpur | By KJ Saquib

Encephalitis toll rises to 152, spreads to 20 Bihar districts; scare in Madhya Pradesh

The death toll from acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) reached 152 in Bihar, with medical officials stating that the disease has spread to 20 of the state’s 38 districts.
According to officials familiar with the matter, a child succumbed to the disease late on Saturday at the Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital in Muzaffarpur — the epicentre of the outbreak.(AFP file photo)
According to officials familiar with the matter, a child succumbed to the disease late on Saturday at the Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital in Muzaffarpur — the epicentre of the outbreak.(AFP file photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2019 08:43 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Patna | By HT Correspondent

Pay closer attention to our children

Muzaffarpur highlights the lack of basic health facilities for the poor. Fixing this must be a priority
The media must understand the plight of the families while they are reporting.(HT)
The media must understand the plight of the families while they are reporting.(HT)
Published on Jun 23, 2019 07:40 PM IST
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Bihar’s AES, heatwave crises: Every inch is packed with bodies in Muzaffarpur’s SKMCH

Very visibly ill-prepared to tackle the acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) epidemic in Bihar — till Friday, there were 657 cases and 141 officially confirmed deaths — the state-run Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur is running out of space for both the young patients and their attendants.
Women lie on the floor with sick children at SKMCH around 1.30am on Friday(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
Women lie on the floor with sick children at SKMCH around 1.30am on Friday(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 22, 2019 08:52 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Muzaffarpur | By B Vijay Murty

Three more kids die, encephalitis toll in Muzaffarpur rises to 141

A central team headed by Manoj Jalani, additional secretary of the ministry of health and family welfare, visited Muzaffarpur on Friday and suggested that test equipment should be made available in the four paediatric intensive care units (PICU) of the Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital.
The death toll from acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) reached 141 in Bihar with the viral disease claiming the lives of three more children in Muzaffarpur(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
The death toll from acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) reached 141 in Bihar with the viral disease claiming the lives of three more children in Muzaffarpur(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 22, 2019 07:33 AM IST
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Central team questions Bihar doctors’ treatment plan for AES

The central team, which reached Muzaffarpur on June 12, has punched holes in the treatment plan and diagnostic work-up being followed by doctors at SKMCH.
Children showing symptoms of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) being treated at Shri Krishna Medical College and hospital in Muzaffarpur, Bihar.(Santosh Kumar / HT Phtoo)
Children showing symptoms of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) being treated at Shri Krishna Medical College and hospital in Muzaffarpur, Bihar.(Santosh Kumar / HT Phtoo)
Updated on Jun 21, 2019 02:43 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Patna | By Ruchir Kumar

Bihar begins door-to-door survey to detect AES early

For monitoring, early identification and daily reporting, sixteen senior district officials and medical personnel have been sent to vulnerable blocks in the affected districts.
At least 136 children have died of AES in Bihar hospitals since June 5. The epicentre of the outbreak is Muzaffarpur, where nearly 85 children have died.(ANI photo)
At least 136 children have died of AES in Bihar hospitals since June 5. The epicentre of the outbreak is Muzaffarpur, where nearly 85 children have died.(ANI photo)
Published on Jun 21, 2019 07:48 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anonna Dutt

Prisoners’ ward converted into ICU in Muzaffarpur

The move comes after Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar issued instructions to authorities to create extra space in the hospital after he found that three to four children were being treated on a single bed.
The superintendent said that there are 14 children under observation, whose condition is critical.(HT Photo)
The superintendent said that there are 14 children under observation, whose condition is critical.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 21, 2019 01:26 AM IST
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7 more children die of AES in Bihar; govt starts survey

The manager of the main government hospital in Muzaffarpur, the epicentre of the crisis, said that a prisoners’ ward has been emptied out and turned into a makeshift Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Children showing symptoms of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) being treated at a hospital in Muzaffarpur, Thursday, June 20, 2019.(PTI)
Children showing symptoms of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) being treated at a hospital in Muzaffarpur, Thursday, June 20, 2019.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 21, 2019 07:38 AM IST
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Crisis deepens as encephalitis death toll in Bihar touches 128

A central team of paediatricians and paramedics arrived in Muzaffarpur late on Wednesday evening to further strengthen the management of AES cases at SKMCH.
Family members bring their child to the hospital on the symptoms of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur on June 19, 2019. (ANI Photo)
Family members bring their child to the hospital on the symptoms of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur on June 19, 2019. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jun 20, 2019 07:13 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Muzaffarpur | By KJ Saquib

Encephalitis, heat wave ail Bihar

Seasonal AES and JE outbreaks occur in Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh between June and September.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar at SKMC Hospital to review the situation, in Muzaffarpur, on Tuesday.(Santosh Kumar/HT photo)
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar at SKMC Hospital to review the situation, in Muzaffarpur, on Tuesday.(Santosh Kumar/HT photo)
Updated on Jun 18, 2019 11:57 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sanchita Sharma

Encephalitis toll hits 113, Nitish Kumar faces wrath of kin

Seasonal outbreaks of the disease, which causes brain swelling and high fever followed by disorientation, seizures, coma and death — with malnourished young children the worst affected — are common every year in Bihar.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar visits Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) to review the situation prevailing due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.((Photo by Santosh Kumar / Hindustan Times))
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar visits Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) to review the situation prevailing due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.((Photo by Santosh Kumar / Hindustan Times))
Updated on Jun 19, 2019 02:10 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Muzaffarpur/Patna | By KJ Saquib and Ruchir Kumar

Nitish Kumar jeered with ‘go back’ slogans as encephalitis deaths touch 133

Protestors gathered outside the SKMCH shouted, “Nitish Kumar wapas jao (go back)”. They were upset that the chief minister had visited Muzaffarpur only after three weeks since the spike in AES cases this month.
Protestors gathered outside the SKMCH shouted, “Nitish Kumar wapas jao (go back)”.(ANI Photo)
Protestors gathered outside the SKMCH shouted, “Nitish Kumar wapas jao (go back)”.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Jun 18, 2019 06:04 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Patna | By Ruchir Kumar and KJ Saquib

Cause of AES that has killed over 100 children in Bihar remains unknown

AES cases in Bihar’s litchi-cultivation region were misdiagnosed as Japanese encephalitis (JE) till late 1990s since the symptoms and the seasonal outbreak of the two diseases are similar.
JE cases have dropped drastically since India started vaccinating at-risk populations against the disease in 2006.(HT Photo)
JE cases have dropped drastically since India started vaccinating at-risk populations against the disease in 2006.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 18, 2019 07:48 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Patna | By Arun Kumar

103 children die due to acute encephalitis in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur

According to official data, 85 children have died in Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), while 18 have lost their lives in Kejriwal hospital in the city.
Children showing symptoms of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) undergoing treatment at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), in Muzaffarpur, Monday, June 17, 2019.(PTI)
Children showing symptoms of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) undergoing treatment at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), in Muzaffarpur, Monday, June 17, 2019.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 18, 2019 08:59 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Patna | By KJ Saquib

Encephalitis death toll in Bihar touches 93, protests erupt in Muzaffarpur

Dr Harsh Vardhan, accompanied by his deputy Ashwini Choubey, visited Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) where 79 children have lost their lives. The central ministers, however, had to face public outrage as black flags were shown to their convoy.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar yesterday announced an ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to families of the children who died due to the disease. He has also given directions to the health department, district administration and doctors to take necessary measures to fight the menace.(PARWAZ KHAN/HT PHOTO)
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar yesterday announced an ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to families of the children who died due to the disease. He has also given directions to the health department, district administration and doctors to take necessary measures to fight the menace.(PARWAZ KHAN/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 16, 2019 09:20 PM IST
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Encephalitis kills 65 in Bihar, govt says disease spread due to heat wave

As many as 53 children, with acute encephalitis syndrome like symptoms, were admitted to two hospitals in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur on Saturday.
The health Bihar department asked people not to give lychee to children.(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
The health Bihar department asked people not to give lychee to children.(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 16, 2019 10:47 AM IST
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Encephalitis death toll in Bihar reaches 63

The children died in two hospitals of Muzaffarpur, one of which was visited by state Health Minister Mangal Pandey during the day.
Nine more children died on Friday in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, which is reeling under an outbreak of brain fever, taking the toll to 63 this month,(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
Nine more children died on Friday in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, which is reeling under an outbreak of brain fever, taking the toll to 63 this month,(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 15, 2019 09:00 AM IST
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Litchi business in the red in Lucknow after Bihar government advisory

Health experts suspected that the deaths of children in Muzaffarpur were linked to toxins present in litchis. The kids showed symptoms of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES).
Litchis(HT)
Litchis(HT)
Published on Jun 15, 2019 07:56 AM IST
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Encephalitis deaths in Bihar rise

Encephalitis is a viral infection which causes mild flu-like symptoms such as high fever, convulsions, and headaches.
A child being treated for encephalitis at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur on Thursday. (Parwaz Khan /HT)
A child being treated for encephalitis at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur on Thursday. (Parwaz Khan /HT)
Updated on Jun 14, 2019 10:38 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Muzaffarpur | By HT Correspondents

Encephalitis kills 7 more children, toll reaches 50

Of the 50 deaths, 48 have been reported in June, prompting the Centre to dispatch a seven-member team to the state. The team on Thursday held a meeting with SKMCH officials after examining patients, scrutinising treatment protocol and collecting serum samples, doctors said.
Encephalitis is a viral infection which causes mild flu-like symptoms such as fever and headache.(Parwaz Khan/HT PHOTO)
Encephalitis is a viral infection which causes mild flu-like symptoms such as fever and headache.(Parwaz Khan/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 13, 2019 11:37 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Muzaffarpur | By Ruchir Kumar and Khwaja Jamal

37 children die of acute encephalitis, Bihar government blames low blood sugar

So far 143 cases of AES have been reported from 11 districts of Vaishali, Sitamarhi, Sheohar, East Champaran, Patna, Nalanda, Muzaffarpur, Jehanabad, Gaya, Bhojpur and Aurangabad.
Two more children died of suspected acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur,(HT FIle Photo/Deepak Gupta)
Two more children died of suspected acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur,(HT FIle Photo/Deepak Gupta)
Updated on Jun 13, 2019 02:07 PM IST
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Centre takes stock of Bihar situation

Meanwhile, two more children succumbed to the mosquito-borne disease in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur in the past 24 hours, a senior official said.
The Centre has constituted a team of multi-specialists which will visit Bihar on Wednesday to assist the state after at least 30 children died this month.(PTI)
The Centre has constituted a team of multi-specialists which will visit Bihar on Wednesday to assist the state after at least 30 children died this month.(PTI)
Published on Jun 12, 2019 12:17 AM IST
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New Delhi/Patna | By HT Correspondent

Shortage of fund, staff pushes museums in state on the brink

Museum officials across the state said that there were only 70 regular staff out of the total sanctioned strength of 280 for all the museums in the state.
Several museum employees have not been paid in over eight months.(Sanjeev Sharma/HT Photo)
Several museum employees have not been paid in over eight months.(Sanjeev Sharma/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 09, 2019 02:01 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Patna | By Subhash Pathak
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