Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has discussed the factors causing high child mortality in the reported AES/JE cases in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar, andfurther immediate measures to be taken up to prevent child mortality.

Senior officers from the Health Ministry, Ministry of Women and Child Development, experts from AIIMS, NCDC, ICMR, IAP, WHO and CDC were present at the meeting.

Government has instructed for a permanentmulti-disciplinary group of experts to be constituted at the Centre which shall draw experts from NCDC, AIIMS, ICMR, WHO, CDC, IAP, Ministry of Science & Technology, Ministry of Women and Child Development and also include experts in the field of meteorology, nutrition, agricultural science. The group constituted at the national level will be anchored in the Health Ministry.

This group shall formulate recommendations for measures to be taken up in case of an outbreak and for immediate control, in addition to a long term understanding about its causes so as to prevent the cases”, Dr. Harsh Vardhan elaborated.

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