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Health hub seeks more doctors

Gaya, June 26: An acute crisis of doctors plagues Anugrah Narayan Medical College and Hospital (ANMCH), where cases of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) started pouring in since June 9.

ANMCH superintendent Sudhir Kumar Sinha and Ajoy Kishore Ravi of the paediatrics department pointed this out to Shyam Rajak, the food and consumer protection minister and Gaya district minister in-charge during the latter’s visit on Thursday.

Eleven children suffering from AES have been admitted to ANMCH since June 9 out of which six died. Five-year old Puja Kumari of Jabra village from Jharkhand’s Chatra district was admitted to ANMCH. According to experts, children living in and around Gaya start getting affected by AES around four weeks before the arrival of monsoon.

The superintendent on Thursday requested minister Rajak to make at least 15 paediatricians available in the hospital to tackle the AES menace besides four regular doctors of which head of department (HoD) Ravi is to retire on June 30. Doctors SKP Sinha and V.K. Jain have been called here on deputation from Aurangabad.

ANMCH superintendent Sinha said: “Doctors are working overtime to provide the best possible treatment to the admitted children. However, if there is a rush of patients, it might become difficult to manage. The minister assured us that he would discuss the matter with the government.”

Paediatrics HoD Ravi said: “So far, no case of Japanese encephalitis has been reported here. All the children admitted here have been detected with meningitis, tuberculosis meningitis, intro viral meningitis, cerebral malaria and other diseases stemming from AES.”

Before visiting ANMCH, Rajak reviewed preparations to tackle AES cases at the health hub and throughout the district with district magistrate Sanjay Kumar Agarwal and civil surgeon Vijay Kumar Singh. The civil surgeon told Rajak that 14,000 vials have been made available to Gaya to treat Japanese encephalitis and vaccination has started across the district from June 24.