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Muzaffarpur: Suspected encephalitis claims 20 lives of children in a day, toll climbs to 51

Muzaffarpur appears to have turned into 'graveyard' of children

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PATNA: 20 more children admitted to the two hospitals died from the suspected encephalitis in Muzaffarpur town of Bihar on Monday, taking the toll to 51 in the past one week.

The victims were admitted to the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) and Kejriwal hospital, media reports said.

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Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar expressed serious concerns over death of children and asked the health officials to be alert. He said the state government was doing everything possible prevent deaths of children.

Muzaffarpur, a north Bihar town famous for luscious litchis, is slowly turning into a “graveyard” of children with the health authorities failing to check deaths from suspected encephalitis.

Keeping in view the gravity of the situation, the health department has issued an advisory to the parents about how to prevent deaths of children by adhering to certain norms.

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“The state government is making every effort to sensitize the masses about how to take care of children and save their lives,” Bihar’s principal health secretary Sanjay Kumar told the media on Monday.

“When children play under the open sun, it causes dehydration and affects a child’s intake of food and water leading to hypoglycaemia,” the health secretary was quoted as telling Hindustan Times.

According to him, the parents were also being advised not to allow their child go to bed with empty stomach and at least provide them with a glassful of lime water with sugar or ORS.

Suspected encephalitis has claimed the life of over a thousand children in the past five years.

Muzaffarpur had hit the headlines earlier when at least 34 girls were allegedly sexually abused at a government-funded care home run by an NGO. The Supreme Court is now monitoring the case now being investigated by the CBI.

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