Gorakhpur: The official toll of encephalitis deaths in Uttar Pradesh in 2012 has gone up to 400. However, if we factor in deaths that havent been reported, the figure will touch around 1000. The National Child Rights panel has finally taken note after CNN-IBN highlighted encephalitis deaths. But why is the government a mute spectator as children continue to die?
CNN-IBN had met a five-year-old boy fighting for his life at the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur who was admitted with symptoms of acute encephalitis. Later, CNN-IBN found out that the child, Ankit, succumbed to his illness.
Ankits father Ram Janam said, "Who should I blame when doctors and medicines could not save my child."
Ankits father doesn't know whom to blame for his son's death, but the fact is, India's entire public healthcare system is on ventilator support, and has consistently failed the very people who need it the most....more
11:33 PM, Oct 04, 2012