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300 Bihar children who survived encephalitis attacks may suffer from disability: Experts

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PATNA: As many as 300 children who survived encephalitis attacks this year in Bihar face threats of physical or mental disability, health experts have warned.

A central team of health experts have expressed such apprehension after finding the alarmingly low immunity level among children who were treated for suspected encephalitis at the hospitals, a local media reported on Tuesday quoting National Child Health Programme advisor Dr Arun Kumar Sinha.

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Reports said the team has stressed the need for counseling the victims’ parents so that the children could be saved from physical and mental disability.

“The parents must know that the immunity level in children, who only just returned to their homes after treatment from hospitals, is very low and they need to be properly taken care of lest they could suffer disability,” the experts have warned.

The experts have asked the local medical teams to do follow-up actions and counsel the parents about how their children could suffer physical/medical disability if their immunity power was not improved.

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As per a report of the health department, a total of 720 children suffered from suspected encephalitis this year out of which 566 were cured during the course of treatment.

Now, there are some 300 children out of the total 566 who face threats of severe physical/mental disability owing to low immunity level. Most of these children were found to be malnourished and from the poor families.

The Bihar government is now conducting socio-economic survey of the families whose children fell victims to suspected encephalitis.

Although around 20 BIhar districts are said to be affected with suspected encephalitis, Muzaffarpur district has been declared the worst hit. As per a report of the state government, a total of 154 children have died from this deadly disease so far.

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