Encephalitis Deaths: Nitish Faces Angry Protests on Visit to Hospital in Muzaffarpur

People shout slogans against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during his visit to Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) to review the situation prevailing due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur, on Tuesday. — PTI

Angry parents of the deceased children who fell victim to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and villagers waved off black flags to Chief Minister on his visit to Hospital and asked him to go back

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NEW DELHI — Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on his visit to the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) at Muzaffarpur on Tuesday faced strong protests from angry parents of the deceased children and villagers outside hospital where he was shown black flags amid shouts of ‘Nitish Kumar wapas jao‘ (Nitish Kumar go back).

Kumar had gone there to take stock of the situation following the death of over 100 children due to suspected Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES).

A medical bulletin released by the Muzaffarpur administration on Tuesday morning said that a total 107 children — 88 at the government-run SKMCH and 19 at the privately-run Kejriwal Maternity Hospital — had died due to encephalitis.

A large number of policemen were deployed at the hospital gate to control the protesters.

After an hour’s meeting with doctors, officials and health department officials, Mr. Kumar reportedly left the hospital without speaking to the media.

Earlier, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, his junior in the Cabinet, Ashwani Kumar Choubey, and State Health Minister Mangal Pandey too had to face a protest at the hospital.

Nitish Kumar earlier on Monday had also announced an ex-gratia of ₹4 lakh to the families of those who died after a meeting with top state health department officials and directed several measures to contain the virus.

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