Five high power teams deployed in Bihar after AES deaths  

New Delhi: Amid the soaring death cases due to suspected Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), the union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday ordered the  deployment of five high level teams of pediatricians from India’s top government hospitals to Bihar’s Muzzafarpur for further strengthening the state efforts and measures against the epidemic.

After chairing a high level review of AES/JE on the medical support being provided to the state government on Wednesday, Harsh Vardhan ordered the formation of teams comprising ten pediatricians and five para-medics from  New Delhi’s RML Hospital, Safdarjung and Lady Hardinge Medical College to be part of the panel.

“The teams will strengthen the clinical care to the existing patients in the hospitals and also strengthen surveillance of cases from the peripheral areas,” Harsh Vardhan said during the meeting.

He informed that a high level central team led by Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal at the health ministry has been permanently stationed in the area to monitor the operations since the past three days.

“Teams have also been constituted for socio-economic survey in these areas to identify and pin point causes linked with the economic status,” the minister said.

Furthermore, ten additional ambulances have been put into action in the most affected blocks of the districts for round the clock services.

Also, 16 nodal officers (teams of senior doctors and an administrative officer) have been deployed at the Primary Health Centres in the affected blocks.

To further strengthen the health infrastructure and facilitate the transportation of patients to the health facilities, the State Government has also made a provision to reimburse the ambulance charges if the patients are shifted privately by the family to the hospitals, a statement issued by the health ministry said.

More than 126 children, mostly in the age group of one to ten years, have died in the past week due to suspected Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a plea seeking a direction to the centre to urgently constitute a team of medical experts for the treatment of the children in Bihar’s Muzzaffarpur.


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