Experts from the National Centre for Disease Control, New Delhi, visited Muzaffarpur to take stock of preparedness to tackle encephalitis this year.
The team visited the Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital, Government Sadar Hospital and a trust-run Kejriwal Maternity Clinic. SKMCH chief medical officer-cum-civil Gyan Bhushan said the team stressed on a door-to-door awareness campaign to create awareness. He said the health department would launch a campaign in April through leaflets to highlight dos and doníts. Experts explored the possibility of administering glucose pills to kids as they fall prey to the virus once their sugar level dips. Kids who sleep on an empty stomach at night are susceptible to the virus, Bhushan said.
Experts who studied case history and blood samples of children who died of acute encephalitis syndrome in 2011, 2012 and 2013 said children who go hungry at night are likely to fall prey to the virus.