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Encephalitis deaths in Bihar: Supreme Court directs Centre, state govts to file response within 7 days

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 24, 2019, 11.19 AM (IST)

Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to Central government, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh governments asking them to file affidavits within seven days giving details of facilities dealing with public health, nutrition and sanitation, for treatment of children suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur, reported news agency ANI.

The apex court order came following a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by two lawyers, in connection with the outbreak of the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district in which 130 children have lost their lives.

The plea, filed by advocates Manohar Pratap and Sanpreet Singh Ajmani, sought a direction to urgently constitute a team of medical experts for treatment of children suffering from encephalitis.

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A vacation bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant heard the plea.

The PIL said that the disease is completely curable and lives of children are being lost due to the "inaction" of the state machinery, which "failed" to take any steps to prevent the outbreak.

Despite the death of more than 100 children, the state government has shown "no prompt" steps to prevent the spread of the disease in adjoining districts, the plea contended.

 

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The apex court order came following a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by two lawyers, in connection with the outbreak of the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district in which 130 children have lost their lives.