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Encephalitis in Bihar: SC to hear plea seeking Centre's intervention

The plea also sought a direction to the Centre for providing all necessary medical equipment and other supports for the effective treatment of the children

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Children receive treatment in the Encephalitis  Ward at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital where over 60 children have died over the past one week, in Gorakhpur district. (Photo: PTI)
Children receive treatment in the Encephalitis. Representative Photo: PTI)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a plea seeking a direction to the Centre to urgently constitute a team of medical experts for the treatment of the children in Bihar's Muzaffarpur, who are suffering from suspected Acute Syndrome (AES), which has claimed more than 100 lives.

A vacation bench of justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant agreed to hear the plea next Monday after the petitioner's counsel sought an urgent listing of the matter.

The plea also sought a direction to the Centre for providing all necessary medical equipment and other supports for the effective treatment of the children suffering from the epidemic disease.

The petition filed by advocate Manohar Pratap claimed that he was deeply pained and saddened by the deaths of more than 126 children, mostly in the age group of one to 10 years, in the past week and the figures were rising day by day.

First Published: Wed, June 19 2019. 11:15 IST
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