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Bihar: RJD to hold state-wide protests over AES deaths

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Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Mritunjay Tiwari on Monday said that his party has decided to hold protests across Bihar on June 24 in the wake of deaths of children due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES).

"An RJD team went to take stock of the situation at the hospitals. We will hold protests across Bihar on June 24," he said.

According to official data, AES has claimed over 100 lives in Bihar. In Muzaffarpur, while 83 children died in Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), 17 lost their lives in Kejriwal hospital.

Encephalitis is a viral disease, which causes mild flu-like symptoms such as high fever, convulsions, and headaches.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to families of the deceased and given directions to the Health Department, district administration and doctors to take necessary measures to fight the disease.

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has said that the Centre would set up a state-of-the-art research centre here within a year to deal with the menace of AES.

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First Published: Mon, June 17 2019. 20:47 IST