Encephalitis in Bihar: Govt Finalises Site and Design of 100 Bedded Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in Muzaffarpur Amid Rising AES Deaths
Encephalitis outbreak in Bihar | (Photo Credits: IANS)

Patna, June 24: In the wake of the rising number of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) deaths in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur, the Central and state teams have finalized site and design of 100 bedded Pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). The pediatric intensive care unit is an area within a hospital specializing in the care of critically ill infants, children, and teenagers. Union Health Minster Dr Harsh Vardhan, after reviewing the status of AES cases of Bihar with senior officers of the health Ministry on Sunday informed that the teams have finalized the site and design of 100 bedded PICU at Muzaffarpur, which will be supported under a centrally sponsored scheme. Encephalitis in Muzaffarpur, Bihar: All About the Symptoms, Causes, Treatment and Prevention of the Brain Inflammation.

Vardhan added that he is reviewing the AES cases on a daily basis with the Health Ministry officials. He added saying that there has been one death and one new admission on Saturday and as of now, there are 84 patients in SKMCH, of whom 4 patients are in critical condition and under constant watch. Can Lychees Be Poisonous? Litchis Linked to Encephalitis Deaths in Muzaffarpur – How to Eat This Fruit Safely.

Vardhan said that the multi-disciplinary central team has been camping at Muzaffarpur for over a week now. “With the support of state and district administration, efforts of social and behavior change at the community level and early identification and management at primary health care facilities have been strengthened,” he mentioned.

He added that clinical management of acute encephalitic syndrome (AES) is also being supported by the multi-disciplinary central teams and patients are receiving round the clock clinical, diagnostic and drug support. Manoj Jhalani, Addl. Secretary & Mission Director (NHM), MoHFW along with other senior officers and experts have visited Muzaffarpur including the SKMCH where the AES patients of Muzaffarpur are admitted and took stock of the situation.

Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, MoHFW, had been stationed at Muzaffarpur till Sunday to oversee and support the State government efforts for prevention and management of AES cases at the community level, primary facility level and the district hospital and SKMCH. The central teams shall be stationed in Bihar to till mortality due to AES is controlled.