Angry relatives protest against Bihar CM outside Muzaffarpur hospital

They were upset that Nitish Kumar was visiting the hospital two weeks after the outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, which has killed more than 100 children so far

Abhay RajAbhay Raj   18 Jun 2019 8:07 AM GMT

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday visited the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur in the wake of deaths of over 100 children due to suspected encephalitis. More than 400 children are admitted in various hospitals.

Sushil Kumar Modi, deputy chief minister of Bihar, accompanied the chief minister, who faced protests from angry relatives.

Protesters, who were upset that the chief minister was visiting the hospital two weeks after the outbreak Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, raised "Nitish go back" slogans.

The chief minister met with parents of children who were admitted in the ICU. He also held a review meeting with doctors at the hospital.

On Monday, in the wake of the fatalities, the chief minister announced an ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to families of the children who died due to AES in Muzaffarpur. He had also said the government will start a free ambulance service for children suffering from Encephalitis and the government will pay for their treatment.

Most of children are admitted in Muzaffarpur's Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) and Kejriwal hospital. While 89 children have died in SKMCH hospital, 19 people have died in Kejriwal hospital.

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