Daily Archives: 19/06/2019

Muzaffarpur deaths

Along with my colleagues, I had investigated the so-called mystery disease in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, during its outbreak in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The local name for it was acute encephalitis syndrome, but we found that the disease was not encephalitis but encephalopathy. This distinction is important. Encephalitis results from a viral infection, unless proved otherwise. […]

No country for doctors

Doctors all over the country supported the Indian Medical Association’s nationwide protest on Monday, against the attacks on doctors in West Bengal. However, we kept emergency services open; because that is what we are supposed to do as doctors – save lives. I remember reading a quote by Kate Gilmore, UNHRC’s deputy high commissioner for […]