Every monsoon, Baba Raghav Das Medical College of Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, witnesses hundreds of children dying of viral encephalitis or Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). It is probably the only medical facility in the country that records such a high number of child deaths. The hospital has a dedicated epidemic ward with 108 beds to cater to encephalitis patients from the hinterlands of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Assam and neighbouring Nepal, where primary health centres are in a shambles. Children in the age group of 6 months to 15 years are particularly vulnerable to the incurable disease. A fifth of those who survive suffer from neuropsychiatric disorders. A photo-essay by Kaushik Ghosh
Monsoon of death
Kaushik Ghosh is a social documentary photographer. He can be reached at www.kaushikghosh.net
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