Superintendent Sunil Kumar Shahi addressing a press conference in Muzaffarpur on Wednesday. Photo/ANI
Superintendent Sunil Kumar Shahi addressing a press conference in Muzaffarpur on Wednesday. Photo/ANI

AES outbreak: 5 children die in SKMCH today

ANI | Updated: Jun 19, 2019 19:20 IST

Muzaffarpur (Bihar) [India], June 19 (ANI): A total of five children passed away today at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), Sunil Kumar Shahi, Superintendent at the hospital said on Wednesday.
"68 children are in the ICU and 65 are in the ward. Today, a total of five children died," Shahi said while addressing a press conference here.
He also claimed that the recovery rate is improving as parents are bringing their children early.
Shahi had, earlier in the day, requested political leaders not to come to the hospital. "Go to the villages and raise awareness instead," he told ANI.
As many as 128 children have died of AES in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district including 93 children at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) and 19 others at Kejriwal Hospital.
"Till now, 372 children have been admitted here, of which 118 have been discharged and 57 will be discharged soon. It is unfortunate that we have lost 93 lives due to AES here," Shahi said.
Meanwhile, relatives of patients, mostly children, admitted to the SKMCH complained about frequent power cuts and a shortage of beds.
"There is a shortage of beds. We are treating two to three patients on one bed. The shortage will be resolved when more patients are discharged," the superintendent said. (ANI)

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