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In First Action Since Encephalitis Outbreak, Senior Resident Doctor of Muzaffarpur Hospital Suspended

Doctor Bhimsen Kumar, deployed at the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital by the health department, was suspended in one of the first actions since the outbreak of the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome.

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Updated:June 23, 2019, 10:59 AM IST
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In First Action Since Encephalitis Outbreak, Senior Resident Doctor of Muzaffarpur Hospital Suspended
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New Delhi: Days after outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome in Bihar, a senior resident doctor in Muzaffarpur was suspended for negligence of duty on Sunday. The suspension of the doctor comes as one of the first actions being taken in the matter even as over 160 children have lost their lives to the malignant disease.

Doctor Bhimsen Kumar was deployed at the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital by the health department, earlier this week. The pediatrician, who works at Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), arrived in Muzaffarpur on June 19.

On being asked about the suspension, superintendent of the SKMCH, Sunil Shahi, said, "We have received a letter from the government which talks about suspending the doctor."

The state government has been called out for its initial latent response to the epidemic, which broke out in early June. However, the state government maintained that the children had died due to hypoglycemia, a condition caused by extremely low level of blood sugar and electrolyte imbalance.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who interacted with doctors and parents of the ailing children on Tuesday, was greeted with slogans of ‘Go Back’ as protesters questioned the state government’s negligence in handling the epidemic which has claimed the lives of 108 children so far.

The National Human Rights Commission had also sent notices to the Union Health Ministry and Bihar government on June 17 over reports of increasing deaths of children due to the disease.

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