A preliminary report has been released by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) committee, who is currently investigating Bihar infant death cases because of encephalitis.
In the report, the committee experts have not just described the recent encephalitis outbreak but have also given their inferences about the illness as well as suggestions for the same.
Encephalitis can be caused due to humidity, high temperature or malnutrition. However, the exact cause of the current outbreak cannot be determined. It doesn’t look like that it’s because of an infection. Moreover, there is not enough evidence that proves the claims that having litchi contributed to the deaths of infants, says the report.
Besides, the report further says that rectifying the hypoglycaemia in the kids affected with the disease helps to prevent persisting brain injury.
The committee of experts involved Dr. Bimal Karak, President Elect of IMA Bihar, Dr. V. G. Pradeep, Convenor, Dr. Deepak Varma of Patna’s Public Health Institute and Dr. B. P. Roy.
More than 400 kids have been hospitalised since the second half of May in Bihar’s Muzzaffarpur district with high fever as well as seizures complaints. Nearly 140 kids have passed away due to encephalitis.
A petition was lodged over the ongoing encephalitis outbreak to seek the Supreme Court’s intervention to which the apex court responded by asking the Bihar government as well as the Centre to inform it about the measures taken to avoid these infant deaths. The death rates are increasing because of lack of medicines, proper care as well as unavailability of ICUs in the area’s hospitals, said the petition.
Only the Supreme Court could be able to save the lives of thousands of kids, read the petition.