While the state is grappling with the menace of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) which has claimed the lives of more than 150 children, Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur, which is catering maximum AES patients has made to headlines for a different reason this time. A portion of the hospital’s roof collapsed outside the ICU ward on Sunday. No injuries have been reported from the incident.
Many patients, their attendants, doctors and other staff on duty had a narrow escape on Sunday when a part of the roof outside the ICU collapsed.
As quoted by several reports, SKMCH superintendent Sunil Kumar Shahi said, “A patch of plaster from the roof fell off, nobody has been injured. It’s not inside any ward but around the veranda area.”
More than 100 children have died at the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), which is one of the largest government hospitals in Bihar, due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome since June 1.
Yesterday, hundreds of skeletal remains were discovered lying in open in a forest near the government-run hospital, which is swamped with cases caused due to the vector-borne disease.
Last week, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan accompanied by Union Minister of State for Health Ashwani Kumar Choubey and Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey had visited Muzaffarpur.
Harsh Vardhan had said that all the branches of the medical sector should work together to control the outbreak of the disease. He said all the children in the affected areas should be immunised and people should be sensitised about the disease.
Harsh Vardhan also said that a new 100-bed Intensive Care Unit will be set up in SKMCH within a year to provide proper treatment to patients with AES symptoms.