Health Minister Harsh Vardhan named in Bihar children’s death case due to encephalitis

Harsh Vardhan

The Hush Post| 4:54 pm|one-minute-read|

A case was registered against Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey on Monday in a court in Muzaffarpur district on charges of negligence leading to the deaths of close to 100 children due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in the past about 15 years.

It was the social activist Tamanna Hashmi who filed the case in the Muzaffarpur Chief Judicial Magistrate’s (CJM) court.

The petition said that the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Mangal Pandey failed in fulfilling their duties to control the AES. Both had done nothing to create awareness and sensitise people in the affected areas despite the fact that AES had been killing children for years.

The next date of hearing has been fixed for June 24.

Hashmi said that he has registered the case under 323, 308 and 504 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

“Large number of children died due to negligence and lack of infrastructure to give them timely proper treatment”, he said.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, accompanied by the Union Minister of State for Health Ashwani Kumar Choubey and the Bihar Health Minister, visited the state-owned Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur on Sunday.

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