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Human skeletal remains recovered from Muzaffarpur hospital where most children died of AES

On discovering the skeletal remains in the SKMCH premises, Medical Superintendent of the hospital SK Shahi said the HoD alone could give a statement on this

Patna: Human skeletal remains have been found in Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. It is this hospital where 108 of the more than 130 children died of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES).

On discovering the skeletal remains in the hospital premises, Medical Superintendent of the hospital SK Shahi said, “Postmortem is the prerogative of the head of the department, but human sensibilities should be kept in mind. I will speak to the HoD and ask him to institute an inquiry committee to investigate this matter.”

The investigation team of the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital, Muzaffarpur, visited the spot from where the remains were found. Dr Vipin Kumar of the hospital said, ‘Human skeletal remains have been found here. But the complete information on the issue can be obtained only from the HoD.”

More than 130 children have died of AES in Bihar so far. The issue of death of children in Muzaffarpur has been raised also in the Lok Sabha.

BJP MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Friday demanded an inquiry to find out if litchi was responsible for the death of children of AES in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. He said there could be a conspiracy to defame this fruit and affect the livelihood of the local farmers and hurt the economy. Rudy represents Saran in Bihar. He picked this topic during the Zero Hour. He said that the situation in Muzaffarpur was very worrying.

Earlier, Sirf News was the only media outlet that had pointed in this direction while the rest of the media was busy explaining how the fruit, litchi, could kill children.

Rudy said, “We have been told that the consumption of litchi by children in Muzaffarpur could be a cause of encephalitis. We are eating litchi from childhood but we did not get Encephalitis.” Rudy said that due to some misleading information, many people stopped eating litchi and even drinking litchi juice.

Rudy said, “The government should investigate whether linking the death of children with acute encephalitis syndrome in Muzaffarpur is not a conspiracy to harm the interests of Indian litchi growers.”

Congress leader in the House Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary said that the situation in Bihar did not improve and poor children died of AES due to the negligence of the State and Union governments. Chowdhary added that the patient-doctor ratio in Bihar was poor.

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