TV anchor Anjana Om Kashyap criticised for entering ICU in Bihar hospital for news report

Kashyap was doing a piece on Acute Encephalitis Syndrome

By The Telegraph in New Delhi
  • Published 19.06.19, 3:41 PM
  • Updated 19.06.19, 3:41 PM
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An overcrowded ward with children showing symptoms of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome at a hospital in Muzaffarpur on June 17. PTI

Television news anchor Anjana Om Kashyap’s live broadcast on Bihar's Acute Encephalitis Syndrome from Shri Krishna Medical College Hospital in Muzaffarpur drew sharp reactions on Twitter because the anchor entered the ICU and stopped doctors and ward attendants on their tracks to interview them. 

In a news broadcast on Wednesday, the Aaj Tak news anchor was in the ICU ward crowded with patients and their family members. Kashyap, an executive editor in Aaj Tak, was seen asking a doctor, who seemed to be busy treating patients, where he would put a certain patient, a child lying on a mobile stretcher. 

The death toll from AES has risen to 108 in Bihar's Muzaffarpur. Among the dead are 89 of children who succumbed while undergoing treatment at this hospital.

Many, including Pratik Sinha, who runs the fact-checking website Alt News, called out Aaj Tak and Anjana for this piece.

Some wanted to know “how mediapersons were allowed inside the ICU” that had so many children battling 

Tweets mocking her conduct as a journalist were doing the rounds.

Meanwhile, some even took to social media to regard Kashyap’s live broadcast.

When Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar had visited the hospital on Tuesday to take stock of the situation, some relatives of patients' shouted “Nitish Kumar wapas jao (Go back Nitish Kumar)". 

Earlier, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan, his junior in the cabinet Ashwani Kumar Choubey and state health minister Mangal Pandey too faced protests at the hospital.