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Dr. Harsh Vardhan chairs expert


Dr. Harsh Vardhan chairs expert group meeting to understand causes of child deaths due to AES/JE in Bihar


NEW DELHI. Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare chaired a meeting of a multi-disciplinary group of experts here today. The multi-disciplinary groupdiscussed and deliberated onthe factors causing high child mortality in the reported AES/JE cases in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar, andfurther immediate measures to be taken up to prevent child mortality. In addition to senior officers from the Health Ministry, Ministry of Women and Child Development, experts from AIIMS, NCDC, ICMR, IAP, WHO and CDC were present at the meeting.

Subsequent to the meeting, the Union Minister stated: “In order to gain deeper knowledge into the factors causing high child mortality in Muzaffarpur and neighboring districts of Bihar, where increased cases of AES/JE have been reported, the expert group met and deliberated at length today. We discussed the socio-economic profile of the households which have reported the reported cases, their nutrition profiles, issues such as the ongoing heatwave, reported high percentage of hypoglycemia in the children who have died, the prevailing health infrastructure in the district and other factors that could significantly be considered in these cases”.

Measures to further strengthen the health infrastructure, need for an aggressive awareness campaign in the preceding months when these cases are reported in higher number in order to prevent these cases, need for strengthening the research base to provide sound knowledge on the causes of mortality, active collaboration between the State and Central governments with experts and researchers, were some of the issues taken up for detailed deliberation at the meeting.
(updated on June 18th, 2019)