Encephalitis fever in Bihar: Muzaffarpur's SKMC Hospital converts prisoners' ward into ICU to accommodate more children

Following the public outcry over lack of facilities in the government-run SKMC Hospital, management has converted a prisoners' ward into an ICU regarding the Encephalitis outbreak in Bihar

Asian News International June 20, 2019 15:26:42 IST
Encephalitis fever in Bihar: Muzaffarpur's SKMC Hospital converts prisoners' ward into ICU to accommodate more children
  • Following the public outcry over lack of facilities in the government-run SKMC Hospital, management has converted a prisoners' ward into an ICU regarding the Encephalitis outbreak in Bihar

  • The decision came after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar passed instructions to convert the prisoners' ward into ICU for children to meet the acute crisis of beds

  • Meanwhile, the death toll due to encephalitis touched 117 on Thursday morning in Muzaffarpur district

Muzaffarpur: Following the public outcry over lack of facilities in the government-run Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), the hospital management has converted a prisoners' ward into an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to accommodate the rising number of encephalitis patients.

Encephalitis fever in Bihar Muzaffarpurs SKMC Hospital converts prisoners ward into ICU to accommodate more children

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The decision came after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar passed instructions to convert the prisoners' ward into ICU for children to meet the acute crisis of beds.

Questions were raised over the lack of facilities in the hospital after three to four Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) affected children were being treated on a single bed.

Arrangements are being made on by the hospital management to accommodate patients in the new ward as soon as possible.

"At least 19 more beds will be added here, which will increase the capacity. All the necessary arrangements are being done. This ward will become functional shortly." Manager of SKMCH, Sanjay Kumar Shah, told ANI.

Meanwhile, the death toll due to encephalitis touched 117 on Thursday morning in Muzaffarpur district.

As per official data, a total of 98 deaths were reported at SKMCH, while 19 children died at Kejriwal hospital in the district due to the disease till 8 am today.

Meanwhile, the State Health Society on Tuesday ordered delegation of more doctors from Darbhanga, Supaul, Madhubani, Samastipur and Sitamarhi districts to Muzaffarpur.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday visited SKMCH to take stock of the situation. Earlier, Kumar had announced an ex gratia compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of the children who died due to AES.

He had also given directions to the health department, district administration and doctors to take necessary measures for the containment of the disease.

Earlier Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had visited the state to take stock of the situation and review measures taken in the wake of the outbreak.

AES is a viral disease that causes flu-like symptoms such as high fever, vomiting and in extreme cases, brain dysfunction, seizure, and inflammation of heart and kidney.

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