Encephalitis Death: Toll Rises to 111; CM Nitish Kumar Faces Protest by Kins

Nitish Kumar in muzafarpur

Public grief gave way to outrage as angry people raised slogans against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. when he visited a hospital in Muzaffarpur district, where over 100 children had died so far due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES).

Kumar had returned to Patna and held an emergency review meeting on the AES situation with officials. The chief minister rushed to the Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur, where more than 300 children have been admitted with complaints of AES since June 1 and close to 90 of them died.

Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi and local MLA Suresh Sharma went inside the ICU to meet the patients before holding an impromptu review meeting with the hospital authorities and other state Health Department officials. In the meantime, scores of people gathered outside the hospital and started shouting slogans like “Nitish Kumar go back”, as they vented their anger over the chief minister for visiting the area after the number of casualties had crossed the three-digit mark.

The Correspondent Bureau with inputs from agencies


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