Bihar BJP chief asks all 17 MPs to set up PICU in
New Delhi: As the encephalitis death toll in Bihar is set to reach 150-mark, the state’s BJP unit chief and Union Minister Nityanand Rai on Friday asked the party’s all 17 Lok Sabha members to establish Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in their respective districts.Terming the move as a step to strengthen the state’s health infrastructure to avoid Muzaffarpur like incident, Rai has also directed party MPs to contribute Rs 25 lakh from their MPLAD fund for establishing PICU in their parliamentary constituencies. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaNotably, Rai, who is also MoS Home in Modi cabinet, had already allocated Rs 25 lakh from his MPLAD fund for the setting up PICU in Samastipur district hospital on June 19. “Both the governments – Centre and state — are seriously handling the issue of the outbreak of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) disease in Muzaffarpur. Both the governments have taken several steps to provide better and affordable healthcare services to the residents of the state,” the Union Minister said. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah”All MPs of the party has been asked to stay active in their areas and provide all needed support to deal with AES. Even all party workers have also been directed to help children suffering from the deadly disease in their neighbourhood and nearly villages,” Rai said. “Undoubtedly, the move by state’s BJP president is very impressive. It would help in bettering the health system in Bihar. We are also hoping a similar move by JD(U) president as the party has 16 MPs in Lok Sabha,” a resident of Muzaffarpur said.