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Viewpoint: Did Bihar Govt Ignore Its Own 2014 SoP Against Encephalitis?

Jun 18, 2019 11:32 PM IST India India
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Almost two weeks after encephalitis cases began piling up in hospitals, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar visited Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur. But the day was marked by his silence — neither empathy nor regret. Kumar has been in power since 2005 and encephalitis-related deaths are not new to Bihar. In 2014, 357 children lost their lives. The CM then swung into action. A SoP was put in place, which included vaccination, cleanliness drive and awareness campaign. This did lead to drop in deaths but what happened in 2019?