Bihar: Encephalitis death toll 128, Nitish orders more beds in hospitals

Muzaffarpur: The death toll due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur rose to a staggering 128 on Tuesday.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar issued directions after visiting Sri Krishna Medical College & Hospital in Muzaffarpur where 89 children have died of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome(AES).

The CM said environmental study should be conducted of affected areas & an analysis should be done.

He also gave directions to convert Sri Krishna Medical College & Hospital (SKMCH) into a 2500-bed hospital (currently 610 beds), and 1500 beds should be arranged immediately in the 1st phase.

A ‘dharmshala’ will also be built there for relatives & families of patients in the hospital.

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