[pullquote]Bhojpuri film star and BJP leader Khesari Lal Yadav was forced to make a hasty retreat from SK Memorial hospital at Muzaffarpur today
Two days ago, Nitish Kumar too was greeted by hostile parents and their attendants
Death toll rises to 160 with 119 casualties in government-run Sri Krishna Memorial Hospital alone
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, ‘There is no uniform reason which led to a large number of deaths. Children go hungry in the night. And, they don’t even feel hunger.'[/pullquote]
Patna: Bhojpuri film star and BJP leader Khesari Lal Yadav, who had unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha elections from Azamgarh against Akhilesh Yadav was forced to make a hasty retreat from SK Memorial government hospital at Muzaffarpur today.
Two days ago, Nitish Kumar too was greeted by the hostile parents and their attendants who complained of lack of facilities, non-supply of medicines, absence of drinking water facilities in the wards, where their children were admitted. Sharad Yadav’s entry to the wards also enraged the attendants.
Nitish Kumar, who was accompanied by the Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Urban Development Minister Suresh Sharma and senior officers, had to face ‘Go Back’ and ìmurdabadî slogans till he stayed inside the hospital. Hundreds of people had assembled outside when chief minister’s cavalcade reached the hospital premises. Some parents alleged that they were not allowed entry into the hospital by the policemen on security reasons, though they carried the hospital prescriptions of their children. They had gone to the nearest pharmacy and chemists shop to bring medicines.
The death toll rose to 160 on Thursday with 119 casualties in SK Memorial Hospital alone.
Nitish Kumar did not talk to the media persons and flew back to Patna, where chief secretary Dipak Kumar talked to the newsmen. He said that the chief minister has directed the construction of the 2500 bed hospital at Muzaffarpur, a socio-economic survey of the families of the over 400 children who were admitted in the hospital, construct a dharmshala for the attendants.
Contrary to the claim of the chief secretary, patients were seen bringing their children on carts from Bochha, 9 km from SK Memorial Hospital. The chief secretary on Monday had claimed an adequate number of ambulances were present for the encephalitis patients. He said, ìWe are working in very adverse conditionsî. Most of the patients brought to Muzaffarpur hospital were from Mushahari, Kanti and Minapur blocks.
While the Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan who had claimed on Sunday, humidity and heatwave was responsible for the deaths, the chief minister today said that there was no uniform reason which led to a large number of deaths. Children went hungry in the night. And, they didn’t even feel hunger.
A large number of policemen were deployed at the hospital and all roads leading to the hospital were barricaded. Even them, people defied security restrictions and shouted anti-Nitish Kumar slogans.
Encephalitis deaths have been reported from Vaishali, Samastipur, Sheohar, East Champaran, Begusarai and Sitamarhi districts.
In 2012,114 children had died at Muzaffarpur. AES (acute encephalitis syndrome) deaths are taking place in Muzaffarpur for the last 20 years.
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