Encephalitis outbreak: SC issues notice; asks for details on public health, nutrition, sanitation

Encephalitis plea in SC

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, June 24: (Updated) This may come as a major relief for the poor and downtrodden in the Eastern part of the country. The Supreme Court has issued notice to Centre, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh governments asking them to file affidavits within 7 days giving details of facilities dealing with public health, nutrition and sanitation, for treatment of children suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur. 

The Story earlier:

Monday morning can bring some respite to the hapless and helpless parents of the unfortunate children who are succumbing by dozens to the deadly Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, the deadly fever that has taken almost the entire state in its grip.

The Supreme Court will hear on Monday the Public Interest Litigation filed by two lawyers, in connection with the outbreak of the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district in which hundreds of children have lost their lives.The plea, filed by advocates Manohar Pratap and Sanpreet Singh Ajmani, seeks a direction to urgently constitute a team of medical experts for treatment of children suffering from encephalitis.A vacation bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant is slated to take up the plea.The petition sought a direction to the Centre and the Bihar government to immediately arrange a 500-bed ICU (intensive care unit) with required medical professionals to deal with the emergent situation, which has occurred due to the outbreak of AES.The two lawyers have also pleaded a direction to the Bihar government to notify an "extraordinary government order" directing all private medical institutions in the affected area to admit and provide treatment free of cost to the patients.The PIL said that the disease is completely curable and lives of children are being lost due to the "inaction" of the state machinery, which "failed" to take any steps to prevent the outbreak.Despite the death of more than 100 children, the state government has shown "no prompt" steps to prevent the spread of the disease in adjoining districts, the plea contended.

Muzaffarpur is in the news of late for all wrong reasons as many children are dying due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome and the toll is rising by each passing day. 

Just a year back Muzaffarpur was also in news for its Shelter Home which was into child trafficking and sexual assaults on children. Many innocents were sexually exploited and then murdered and buried. Skeletons were found then also.

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