PATNA: Mystery fever which doctors term as suspected “encephalitis” claimed the life of five more children in Bihar on Wednesday, taking the toll to 113 in the past one fortnight.
While 93 deaths were reported from government-run Sri Krishna Memorial College Hospital (SKMCH), the remaining deaths took place in private hospitals in Muzaffarpur, which has become epicentre of encephalitis deaths.
What has shocked the victim families is the alleged ‘insensitivity” on the part of ministers and ruling party leaders.
On Wednesday, Bihar’s deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi came under severe criticisms when he refused to speak about the continuing deaths of children in Muzaffarpur and when the media people pressed for the answer, he told them to go out of his Press conference.
“If you want to ask questions on children, please go out (of the Press conference)…I already told you this Press conference is about banking committees,” Sushil Kumar Modi Modi told the reporters who wanted to know about the latest updates about encephalitis deaths from the deputy chief minister.
Local TV grabs also showed Modi also throwing a grand lunch comprising fish, chicken, pulao, two-in-one ice-cream, at executive lounge of 5-star hotel in Patna during his meeting with bankers while the children died of the mystery disease.
Incidentally, Modi had already accompanied chief minister Nitish Kumar to Muzaffarpur hospital yesterday when he took stock of the situation and then held meeting with health department officials.
Earlier Bihar health minister Mangal Pandey was caught asking about scores in India’s cricket match against Pakistan during a Press conference being held by Union minister for health and family welfare Dr hasrh Vardhana on Sunday.
The mystery disease has been striking the children in Bihar every year for the past over two decades yet it is yet to identified and brought under control. Experts still grope in the dark over the cause of this disease.