AES Outbreak: Probe Ordered Against Union, State Health Ministers

Over 150 deaths have been reported across Bihar due to suspected Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES).

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Out of the 152 deaths, 130 children are reported to have died in Muzaffarpur itself.
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Muzaffarpur Chief Judicial Magistrate Suryakant Tiwari on Monday, 24 June, ordered an investigation against Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey, in a case of alleged negligence during the encephalitis outbreak in Bihar that killed over 100 children.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court issued a notice to the Centre and state governments of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, asking them to file affidavits within seven days giving details of the steps taken to curb the encephalitis outbreak.

An FIR was lodged against 39 people in Harivanshpur and Muzaffarpur after they protested over lack of water supply and the death of several children due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in the area, ANI reported.

Snapshot
  • The Bihar Health Department on Sunday, 23 June, put the total number of AES casualties across 20 districts at 152
  • On Saturday, 22 June, human skeletons were found in the premises of Muzaffarpur’s Sri Krishna Medical College & Hospital (SKMCH)

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2:21 PM , 25 Jun

FIR Against 39 for Protesting Muzaffarpur Deaths

An FIR was lodged against 39 people in Harivanshpur and Muzaffarpur after they protested over lack of water supply and the death of several children due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in the area, ANI reported.

9:09 AM , 25 Jun

Death Toll Rises to 131 in Muzaffarpur

The death toll due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) rises to 131 in Muzaffarpur with 111 deaths in SKMCH and 20 in Kejriwal Hospital.

6:45 PM , 24 Jun

Committee Formed to Investigate Mysterious Skulls Found Behind SKMCH

A three-member investigation committee headed by Deputy Development Commissioner (DDC) of Muzaffarpur Ujjwal Kumar has been constituted to investigate the case of human skeletal remains found behind SKMCH in Muzaffarpur.

The committee will file a report within three days.

12:47 PM , 24 Jun
KEY EVENT

Probe Ordered Against Harsh Vardhan, Bihar Health Minister Over Encephalitis Deaths

Muzaffarpur Chief Judicial Magistrate Suryakant Tiwari has ordered investigation against Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey, in a case of negligence registered against them, in connection with deaths of children due to AES in Muzaffarpur.


Published: 18 Jun 2019, 1:10 PM IST
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