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Encephalitis in Bihar: Dr Harsh Vardhan finalises Site, Design of 100 bedded PICU


Encephalitis in Bihar: Dr Harsh Vardhan finalises Site, Design of 100 bedded PICU

‘The central and state teams have finalised the site and design of 100 bedded PICU at Muzaffarpur, which will be supported under a centrally-sponsored scheme,’ Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said.

New Delhi:  After reviewing the status of AES cases of Bihar with senior officers of the Health Ministry, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister has said that the site and design of 100 bedded paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Muzaffarpur has been finalised.

‘The central and state teams have finalised the site and design of 100 bedded PICU at Muzaffarpur, which will be supported under a centrally-sponsored scheme,’ Dr Vardhan said here.

The Union Health Minister is reviewing the AES cases on a daily basis with the Health Ministry officials.

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What is Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES)?

AES is a viral disease which causes mild flu-like symptoms such as high fever, convulsions and headache. It is a serious neurological illness that causes inflammation of the brain.

Symptoms of AES, colloquially known as “chamki bukhar, may include headache, fever, confusion, stiff neck and vomiting. The disease most commonly affects children and young adults and can lead to mortality.
According to the National Health Portal (NHP), viruses are the main causative agents in AES cases, although other sources such as bacteria, fungus, parasites, chemicals, toxins and non-infectious agents have also been blamed.

The Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is a major cause of AES in India (ranging from 5-35 per cent), according to the NHP.

Viruses, including herpes, influenza A, West Nile and dengue, are the some of the other causes of sporadic outbreaks of AES in India, the portal said.

However, the causes and manner of the disorder in a large number of AES cases still remain unidentified.

A study published in 2017 in The Lancet journal claimed that eating litchi fruit may be associated with acute toxic encephalopathy — the mysterious brain disease that has caused hundreds of unexplained deaths among children in recent years in Bihar.

According to the researchers, lack of food combined with toxins hypoglycin A and methylenecyclopropylglycine (MCPG) present in litchi seeds may be the cause of the illness.


Source: with inputs
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  1. Let the govt establish any number of hospitals & recruit any number of doctors health situation in the country will not improve so long as concrete measures are not initiated with regard to preventive healthcare.Polution control,poverty eradication,health awareness,safe drinking water,checking population growth,checking alcohol & tobacco abuse,checking food adultaration,afforastation are certain significant aspects where govt needs to focus.Govt should not blame the doctors & hospitals for deterioting health condition in the country.People in cities will fall sick so long as there is pollution.People will fall sick so long as there is malnutrition & there is lack of safe drinking water.Executives will fall sick so long as they maintain sedentary life style.People will fall sick so long as there is alcol & tobacco abuse.One best idea before the govt is to make separate Dept of PUBLIC HEALTH .Let there be an five year integrated course on public health & that Dept should be entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring public health.Doctors are not responsible for the poor health condition.Govt has been miserably failed in maintaining preventive healthcare.