JE outbreak under control: Govt


Malkangiri : Vaccination drive against Japanese Encephalities (JE) outbreak entered fourth day today in Malkangiri with the Additional District Medical Officer (ADMO) clarifying that no fresh JE case is admitted to district headquarter hospital at present.

“About 84 per cent of kids have already been vaccinated by Wednesday with 175 vaccination centres currently functioning in the district,” he said.

Till now the total death due to JE, Acquired Encephalitis (AES) and Encephalopathy touched 103 which is below than most afflicted states like UP with the highest 538 cases, West Bengal (229), Assam (183), Health Minister Pradeep Amat said in assembly.

Confirmed reports said that JE alone accounted for 37 deaths. Cases which were sky rocketing few week back have now normalised.

Recently, a central team reviewed situations in Malkangiri and informed about the presence of another factor promoting death cases -encephalopathy due to poisoning from consumption of raw chakunda seeds. The symptoms of death cases resembled very much like the ones prevalent in UP’s Shaharanpur, Amat said.

Besides speaking on measures taken to curb the fatal disease Amat said steps are being taken to minimise positive cases. Vaccination is being done in Malkangiri, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur and Keonjhar while LLIN nets will be distributed in four districts including Koraput, Nabarangpur.

Earlier on Wednesday, JE issue rocked the assembly with both ruling and opposition mudslinging at each other. While the opposition claimed that BJD led government is unable to contain the JE outbreak in Malkangiri the ruling party said the Centre has drastically decreased funds to state.

A marathon discussion on both the issues was held in the house. A motion on JE was tabled by the Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra as Congress, BJP MLAs criticised the government for intentionally creating innocent child death situations in Malkangiri.

The centre has not properly coordinated to tackle the JE situation which it should have but the state government has taken all possible steps to minimise and bring the outbreak under control.

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