Patna | As the death toll in Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) crossed 100 in Bihar’s Muzzafarpur, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey have been named in a case related to the death of the kids.
A case has been filed against both the minister in the Muzaffarpur Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) court by Social activist Tamanna Hashmi to failing in their duties to control the outbreak of the disease.
The activist alleged that ministers failed in creating awareness and sensitise people in the affected areas despite the fact that AES had been killing children for years. Speaking on the case Hashmi said,”The case has been filed against the accused, Harsh Vardhan and Mangal Pandey, under 323, 308 and 504 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).”A large number of children died due to negligence and lack of infrastructure to give them timely proper treatment”, he said.
Union Minister Harsh Vardhan along with his deputy Ashwani Kumar Choubey and state Health Minister Mangal Pandey visited the SKMC hospital in Muzaffarpur where the most number of the kids have been admitted suffering from the disease. The court meanwhile has listed the case for hearing on June 24.