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Conjoined twins in Bihar critically ill

Conjoined twins in Bihar critically illPatna, Dec 18 : Seventeen-year-old conjoined twins Saba and Farah, who are joined at the heads, were Wednesday admitted to a hospital here in a critical condition for the second time in five days, family sources said.

"After Saba and Farah's condition deteriorated, they have been admitted to a hospital," said Mohammad Tamanna, the twins' only brother.

On Saturday, they were admitted to a hospital after there was bleeding from Farah's nose.


Mystery disease claims 12 lives in Bihar

Mystery disease claims 12 lives in BiharPatna, Nov 27 : A mysterious disease has left 12 people, including three women, dead in Bihar's East Champaran district in the past four days, officials said Wednesday.

East Champaran district magistrate Sridhar C. said all the deaths occurred in Bahurupia and Phulwaria areas of the Sugauli block, and were due to an unknown disease.

"A team of medical experts is examining the cause of the death," Sridhar said.


Woman gives birth to quintuplets in Bihar

Woman gives birth to quintuplets in BiharPatna, Sep 21 : In a rare case, a woman in Bihar gave birth to quintuplets (five babies) Saturday, an official said.

The babies were born at a private hospital in Bihar's Nawada district. Three infants died soon after birth, while a boy and a girl survived despite weighing less than normal, said the district health official.


28 years on, betel nut pulled out of man's lung

28 years on, betel nut pulled out of man's lungPatna, Aug 28 : Seventy-five-year-old Krishna Kant Jha is now a relaxed man. After 28 years of suffering from chronic cough and regular bouts of fits, a piece of betel nut was found to be cause of his problems and was finally extricated from his lungs.

Jha, an advocate in Samastipur district, said he suffered for more than two and half decades. Dozens of doctors treated him but failed to discover the betel nut in his lungs.


Bihar issues dengue alert

Bihar issues dengue alertPatna, Aug 23 : The Bihar government issued a dengue alert Friday after over a dozen people were affected by the disease in Rohtas district, officials said.

Health officials have been directed to take preventive measures and provide proper treatment to dengue patients, said an official in the chief minister's office here.

A special dengue ward has been opened at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), its superintendent Amarkant Jha Amar said.


About 50 children ill after drinking water in Bihar school

About 50 children ill after drinking water in Bihar schoolPatna, August 2 : About 50 children were taken ill Friday after drinking water from a handpump at a school in Bihar's Sitamarhi district, officials said.

On Thursday, 30 children had fallen sick after drinking water from handpumps at two separate schools of Saran and Gopalganj districts.

The Friday incident took place at the government middle school in Runnisaidpur of Sitamarhi, a district police officer said.


65 children ill after eating mid-day meal in Bihar

65 children ill after eating mid-day meal in BiharPatna, July 31 : Sixty-five children were taken ill after eating mid-day meal in Bihar's Arwal district Wednesday in the second tragedy related to free school food in the state this month, officials said.

On July 16, 23 children died after eating contaminated mid-day meal in Saran district.

The incident in Arwal district took place in the government primary school in Chandi village, officials said.


Parents blame pathetic healthcare facilities for deaths

Parents blame pathetic healthcare facilities for deathsPatna, July 20 - The pathetic state of a primary health centre in Bihar and delays in rushing them to better hospitals killed most students after they consumed mid-day meals in their school, the distraught parents say.


Encephalitis kills eight more children in Bihar

Encephalitis kills eight more children in BiharPatna, June 11 - Eight more children have succumbed to encephalitis in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, taking the total deaths in the state since early May to 31, officials said Monday.

Two of the children died Tuesday.

A district health official said: "It is an alarming situation as the disease continue to kill children."


Encephalitis claims 3 kids in Bihar

Encephalitis claims 3 kids in BiharPatna, May 9 : A six-month-old baby succumbed to a deadly mosquito-borne disease in Bihar Thursday, taking the toll from the disease to three in 2013, and 16 children have been admitted to hospitals in Muzaffarpur, officials said.

Six-month-old Himanshu Kumar died of suspected Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), at Sakra Referral Hospital, Muzaffarpur Civil Surgeon Gayan Bhusan said.


Bihar to provide free food supplement to TB patients

Bihar to provide free food supplement to TB patientsPatna, Nov 22 : Bihar plans to provide food supplement and medicines free of cost to nearly two lakh tuberculosis patients in the state, mostly poorest of the poor, said state Health Minister Ashwani Kumar Choubey Thursday.


As dengue rages on, Bihar scrambles for fogging machines

As dengue rages on, Bihar scrambles for fogging machinesPatna, Nov 7 : Dengue has already afflicted 1,150 people in Bihar this year, and it threatens to become an epidemic. Even so, the level of preparedness of the authorities is dismal -- only one of the four fogging machines in the state capital works.


20 million Bihar students pledge not to use tobacco

20 million Bihar students pledge not to use tobaccoPatna, Nov 7 : About 20 million school students in Bihar Wednesday took a pledge that they would never consume tobacco or related products, and would encourage their family and friends to do the same, an official said.


Bihar sounds dengue alert

Bihar sounds dengue alertPatna, Oct 25 : Bihar has sounded a high alert after two people died of dengue and the number of those infected rose to about 200 in various parts of the state, the health minister said Thursday.

"A control room has been set up in Patna to keep a close watch on the situation. Health officials have been directed to take preventive measures and provide proper treatment to dengue patients," Health Minister Ashwani Kumar Choubey told IANS over the phone.


Killer disease is not Japanese encephalitis

Killer disease is not Japanese encephalitisPatna, June 28 : It is official now. The acute encephalitis syndrome(AES) that has killed 233 children in Bihar since May is not Japanese encephalitis, it was announced Thursday.

The ruling has come from the Pune-based National Institute of Virology (NIV).

"In fact the disease remains a mysterious one," Additional Secretary (Health) R. P. Ojha said.


Four more kids die of suspected encephalitis in Bihar

Four more kids die of suspected encephalitis in BiharPatna, June 5 - Four more children have succumbed to suspected encephalitis in Bihar's Muzaffarpur and Gaya districts since Monday taking the death toll to 23 in nine days, officials said Tuesday.

The mosquito-borne disease claimed nearly 150 lives last year in the state.

This year, 15 children have died in Muzaffarpur and eight in Gaya.


Encephalitis toll rises to 18

Encephalitis toll rises to 18Patna, June 4 - Suspected encephalitis has killed three more children in Bihar's Muzaffarpur and Gaya districts, taking the death toll in eight days to 18, officials said Monday.

Nearly a dozen districts of the state have been put on high alert following the deaths.

The mosquito-borne disease, which claimed nearly 150 lives last year in Bihar, has returned with a vengeance.


Encephalitis kills 15 kids in Bihar

Encephalitis kills 15 kids in BiharPatna, June 2 : Suspected encephalitis has killed 15 children in Bihar's Muzaffarpur and Gaya districts in the last week, officials said Saturday.

The mosquito-borne disease, which claimed nearly 150 lives last year, has returned with a vengeance.

Eleven children have died in Muzaffarpur and four in Gaya. Over two dozen children have been admitted to hospitals in both places.


Bihar hikes financial help for kala azar patients

Bihar hikes financial help for kala azar patientsPatna, April 24 (IANS) To ease the financial burden on those suffering from kala azar, most of whom are from impoverished backgrounds, the Bihar government has decided to provide minimum specified wages to each patient and an attendant during their stay in hospital.


Bihar SOS to centre on tackling bird flu

Bihar SOS to centre on tackling bird fluPatna, March 9 - Bird flu or avian influenza is threatening Bihar's poultry industry and an SOS has been sent to the central government on tackling the deadly H5N1 virus as the state lacks the resources to do so, a Bihar minister said.

The SOS was sent after the Bhopal-based High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) attributed the deaths of a number of crows across the state to the H5N1 virus, Animal Husbandry Minister Giriraj Singh said.


Crows are dying in Bihar from bird flu

Crows are dying in Bihar from bird fluPatna, Feb 18 - It is official now. Crows are dying in Bihar because of bird flu. This was revealed in the report of the Bhopal-based High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL), officials Saturday said.

The HSADL has confirmed in its report that avian influenza was killing the crows in Gaya district.


After polio, Bihar targets kala azar

After polio, Bihar targets kala azarPatna, Jan 30 - Bihar, which has not reported a single case of polio since September 2010, is now turning its attention to kala azar, a disease transmitted by the sand fly that killed at least 50 people and affected 15,000 in the state last year.


Bihar: Suspected brain disease kills 54 children

Bihar: Suspected brain disease kills 54 childrenPatna, Oct 3 : Suspected encephalitis, a brain infection, has killed three more children in Bihar's Gaya district, taking the death toll due to the disease to 54, an official said Monday.

The three children died in the last 48 hours at Anugrah Narayan Medical College and Hospital (ANMCH), about 100 km from here, said the district health official.


WHO experts investigate Bihar's mystery disease

WHO experts investigate Bihar's mystery diseasePatna, June 24 : Health experts, including a team of the World Health Organisation (WHO), are visiting villages in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district to investigate the cause of mystery disease that has killed 42 children, an official said Friday.


Five more children die of mystery disease in Bihar

Five more children die of mystery disease in BiharPatna, June 20 - The Bihar government is alarmed at five more deaths of children in the past 24 hours in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, taking the toll from a mysterious disease now to 25, officials said Monday.


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