With three more deaths reported from Muzaffarpur due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), the toll in the district mounted to 80 on Sunday as Bihar continues to grapple with the deadly disease.
Sunil Kumar Shahi, superintendent at government-run Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) Sunday confirmed three more deaths due to encephalitis syndrome in the hospital.
Doctors claim the deaths due to AES are being caused due to excessive heat and humidity. Scorching heat on Saturday claimed the lives of least 25 people from various districts of the state on Saturday.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan arrived in Patna on Sunday to review public health measures for containment and management of the AES. Vardhan had previously said the Centre was constantly monitoring the situation and supporting state health authorities to manage the encephalitis cases.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, attendants of patients admitted to SKMCH alleged that there were no doctors on call during the night.
“My daughter is in the ICU room of SKMCH. The toll is increasing day by day. There were no doctors after 12 in the night and only nurses are here. There are four bodies inside the ICU,” Mohammad Aftab .