Bhubaneswar: The state government has taken proper steps and situation of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) is in control said, Kalpana Baruah, joint director, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) who led the seven-member Central fact finding team that visited various villages affected with JE in Malkangiri. The team today met state health department officials.
“The district headquarters hospital has an ICU with proper facilities and treatment offered there is satisfactory. Doctors and medical students from various medical colleges of the state are attending to the patients there and doing their best,” said Baruah. “We also met villagers and found the situation improving. All steps have been taken by state government to spread awareness and to check further spread of JE,” she said.
The team has collected samples from villagers and patients under treatment. “The laboratory investigation of these samples is underway and it usually takes time. We are finding out what else other than JE caused these deaths, though JE is the major reason,” said Baruah.
A decision on vaccination for JE will be taken soon. The final results of the central fact finding team will come out in November-December, said the team officials.