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Nearly 110 children have died in Bihar this year due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, compared to 33 between 2015 and 2018.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar visited a hospital in Muzaffarpur Tuesday, as the number of children dying from encephalitis rose to 127.
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While doctors have maintained that the deaths occurred due to AES, state officials claimed that most of the victims have fallen prey to hypoglycemia.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath said Uttar Pradesh registered the lowest number of encephalitis cases for the month of August for the first time in 40 years.
Encephalitis immunisation is not handled by experts, rendering it useless. Doctors also say patients reach them too late, resulting in hundreds of deaths.
Steps are also being taken to ensure adequate human resources and improved diagnostic facilities are available at primary health centres.
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