Via The Times of India: Acute encephalitis syndrome spreads to East Champaran, devours 8 kids.
MOTIHARI: Acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) has spread in 30 villages under ten blocks of East Champaran district during the last one fortnight. According to the official sources, at least eight children of the district have died of the mystery disease and 24 children are undergoing treatment at SKMCH and Kejriwal hospital at Muzaffarpur.
Though panic prevails in the villages, the health department is yet to start fogging and awareness campaign as preventive measures. East Champaran civil surgeon Dr Mira Verma said a separate ward for AES patients has been marked in the sadar hospital at Motihari and the doctors, paramedics and ASHA workers have been directed to launch campaigns to make villagers aware about the AES which breaks out with the rise in heat and humidity.
The civil surgeon told TOI as per the State Health Society's directive, two ambulances and ten doctors have been sent to the Muzaffarpur hospitals to cope with the alarming situation.
East Champaran district malaria officer Dr Ravi Shankar Verma said fogging would be started in a day or two in the affected villages. The fogging machines, borrowed from the Motihari Nagar Parishad, have conked out and mechanics have been called from Patna to set them right, he said and added a sanitation drive has been launched in the affected areas.
Last year 15 children succumbed to this killer disease in this district. It has become a common practice among doctors in East Champaran to refer the AES cases to the SKMCH at Muzaffarpur.
Dr Verma identified the East Champaran children who died due to AES this year as Mehtab (6) and Pappu (10) of Chakiya, Ujjawala Kumari (3), Ibran (3) and Golu (4) of Madhuban, Bholanath (6) and Abhishek (4) of Mehasi and Anjani kumari (3) of Kalyanpur. They died during treatment at SKMCH and Kejriwal hospital at Muzaffarpur till Wednesday.
According to Motihari-based medical practitioner Dr Chandransu, the reason for the high number of fatalities is that people try out local treatment first and go to big hospitals late. He suggested measures like keeping wet towel placed on the forehead of the child in case of high fever.