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India : Children death toll reaches 77
India : Children death toll reaches 77

New Delhi, June 16 (TIWN): The death toll due to the fever that has gripped Muzaffarpur and the adjoining districts in Bihar has risen to 77. Ten more deaths were reported on Saturday, taking the toll to 77. Most of the casualties are between the age group of 1-10.

Doctors claim that the deaths, due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), are being caused due to excessive heat and humidity. Locally, this fever is being called 'Chamki'.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 Lakh each to families of the children who died due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur. He has also given directions to health department, district administration and the doctors to take necessary measures to fight the disease.

Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey spoke exclusively to Mail Today and maintained that his government was doing everything possible to contain the crisis. He also dismissed allegations that state government was caught napping as the tragedy hit.

"We have been carrying awareness campaign in Muzaffarpur and adjoining areas but despite this, deaths are taking place. We are monitoring the situation 24/7 and ensuring that adequate health services are being provided to the government hospital in Muzaffarpur where children are being treated," Mangal Pandey said.

Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai on Saturday visited the Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital in Muzaffarpur and took stock of the situation. He also met the family members of the children who are undergoing treatment and assured of all central and state assistance.

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