NEW DELHI : Five teams of ten pediatricians and five para-medics from RML Hospital, Safdarjung and Lady Hardinge Medical College in Delhi have been sent to Muzaffarpur in Bihar by the Union Health Ministry to further strengthen the state's efforts to save children from encephalitis.
Union Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, said, “The medical teams will strengthen the clinical care to the existing child patients in the hospitals and also strengthen surveillance of cases from the bordering areas.”
A press statement of the health ministry stated, “A central team led by Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry, Lav Agarwal, has been permanently stationed in the area to monitor the operations from the past four days. The teams have also been established for socio-economic study in these areas to identify and pinpoint causes linked with the economic status.”
It also said, “Additionally, ten more ambulances have been put into service in the most affected blocks of Muzaffarpur and other districts for round the clock treatment.
Sixteen nodal officers have been deployed at the PHCs in the affected blocks. To further strengthen the hospitals infrastructure and facilitate the transportation of patients to the health institutions, the Bihar Government has also made a provision to reimburse the transportation charges if the patients are shifted privately by the family to the health care facility,” it added.