June 16 : Bihar is grappling with twin challenges as 80 children have died till Sunday due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome in Muzaffarpur district while at least 47 people have lost their lives due to heat stroke in several districts of Bihar on Saturday. Most of the deaths have been reported from Aurangabad, Gaya and Nawada.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed grief over the deaths and announced “an ex gratia payment of Rs. 4 lakh to the next of the kin of those who have died”.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said, “It’s very unfortunate that people have died due to heat stroke.I advise people to avoid moving out of house till temperature reduces.Intense heat affects brain&leads to various health issues.”
A major portion of Bihar continued to reel under an intense heat wave on Saturday. Dry winds blowing across the state capital and many other regions forced people to stay indoors.27 people died in Aurangabad alone, while 12 deaths were reported from Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College in Gaya. The District Magistrate (DM) of Gaya was quoted by ANI saying that out of the 12, seven were from Gaya, two from Aurangabad, one from Chatra, one from Sheikhpura and one from Nawada. Reports inform that a total of 25 patients have been admitted ib Gaya and efforts on to bring them back to normalcy.
Sunil Kumar Shahi, Superintendent at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), said “Death toll due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur rises to 80.”
Encephalitis is a viral disease, which causes mild flu like symptoms such as high fever and headache. The deadly disease has been claiming lives in the district for the past few weeks.