JE death toll at 73: CM to visit area on Nov 10, Union PNG Minister on 4


Bhubaneswar: With three more Japanese Encephalitis (JE) deaths today taking the toll  up to 73 in the Malkangiri district Chief Minister will be having a ground zero inspection as he visits the afflicted area on November 10 while Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will review the area situation on November 4.

So far, the district health officials have confirmed 26 JE deaths and 45 Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). To improve the situation an expert team will visit Malkangiri today. A four district immunisation programme is also to begin from Wednesday.

“An expert team from Bhubaneswar is all set  to visit the affected districts in Malkangiri. We will also begin a four district immunisation programme for which training will begin from Wednesday,” said Dr Madan Mohan Pradhan joint director NVBDCP.

Health department officials also informed that 1 crore 13 lakh nets will also reach soon for distribution in the affected areas.

Last month a central fact finding team had visited the affected areas and reported that the state government has taken adequate steps to check the spread of JE virus while satisfactory treatment was available at the Malkangiri district headquarters hospital. Newly appointed health minister Pradeep Amat and health secretary Arti Ahuja had also visited the district last week. However, the virus continues to take lives of several children everyday.

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