New Delhi, June 17: More than 125 children have lost their lives due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur, and the city still awaits its chief minister, Nitish Kumar also called 'Sushan Babu'. Actually, the CM"s hands are too full, attending and meeting important personalities in the national capital. Once he is back, maybe he finds time to see the hapless and unfortunate children who are succumbing to the deadly disease in dozens every day.
Official numbers cross the 100 mark and unofficial numbers cross 125. Sunil Kumar Shahi, Superintendent at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), said, "Death toll due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur has risen to 100."
According to official data, 83 children have died in Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), while 17 have lost their lives in Kejriwal hospital in the city.
In the wake of fatalities due to AES, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had earlier announced an ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to families of the deceased.
He had also given directions to the Health Department, district administration and doctors to take necessary measures to fight the disease.
AES is a viral disease, which causes mild flu-like symptoms such as high fever, convulsions, and headaches.
Last week, Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey had said a team that was formed to ascertain the cause of this disease concluded that sleeping empty stomach at night, dehydration due to humidity and eating lychee on empty stomach were some of the causes of encephalitis.
What is the relation between litchis and the deadly killer fever Acute Encephalitis Syndrome:According to the reports, litchi induces a deadly metabolic illness which is called hypoglycemic encephalopathy. This disease if affecting mostly children who take poor diet and are undernourished.
A chemical called Methylene cyclopropyl glycine is found in litchi. This affects the brain functioning of those body sugar levels are low due to undernourishment.
Medical experts are keeping a close watch and the situation is still not in control.
With Agencies, Pic Google