New Delhi: Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan had a few words for the media on Friday when he was asked to speak on Muzaffarpur deaths.He said, “If somebody goes there then you call it ‘nautanki,’ if we don’t then you say why didn’t you go to see. We are doing whatever is needed to be done along with the Health Minister and the Chief Minister.” (Also read: Police Begin Re-examining FIRs Against 39 People For Protesting Against Encephalitis Deaths) Also Read - Experts Rule Out Transmission of Coronavirus Through Water After Bodies Found Dumped in Ganga, Yamuna

Paswan may try as he might to defend the government but Chief Minister Nitish Kumar took his own sweet time to even visit the ailing at Sri Krishna Medical College & Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur from where most deaths were reported. Also Read - Pappu Yadav, At The Forefront in Fight Against Covid, Sent To 14-Day Judicial Custody

Just a couple of days ago, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi posted a picture on Twitter with the newly crowned Miss India 2019 Suman Rao who made a courtesy call and that, coming as did amid reports of 185 deaths, invited flak. Also Read - Bihar: Pappu Yadav Demands FIR Against BJP's Rajiv Pratap Rudy For 'Hoarding Ambulances'

Recently, a PIL was also lodged against the Chief Minister, Union Health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and state health minister Mangal Pandey. The Supreme Court bench hearing the PIL raised concerns over the negligence of the state government on nutrition, sanitization, and hygiene.

As a result, the apex court ordered the government and the Centre to submit a response in the rising deaths till July 1.Meanwhile, Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College has cancelled the leaves of all doctors and make available a new ward.”

Leaves of all doctors, especially paediatricians, stand cancelled. A new ward of 20 beds has also been made. All medicines are available at the hospital,” said Dr Vijay Krishna Prasad, Medical Superintendent, Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College, on preparedness to tackle encephalitis.