JE deaths: Two more children die; Health min, secy on visit


Bhubaneswar: Two more children died of the deadly Japanese Encephalitis (JE) virus in Malkangiri taking the toll to 64 deaths as per district administration sources. Meanwhile, newly appointed health minister Pradeep Amat and health secretary Arti Ahuja visited affected sites in Malkangiri on Thursday.

The two deceased children who succumbed to the virus today are Chandan Kabasi of Badali village of Korukonda block and Saria Maramu of Jhilanaguda village of Padia block. So far, 224 chidlren have been treated in the last 50 days of which 122 have been discharged. At present 24 children are under treatment at the district headquarters hospital including two in ICU.

Despite the new health minister and health secretary’s visit the situation has not improved with vaccines yet to reach. The vaccines will be provided in December, secretary Ahuja said. To top that, the mosquito nets from Centre have also not reached whereas district administration has distributed 12,400 nets on emergency basis.

Following the visit, minister Amat conducted a review meeting with health officials and district collector K Sudarshan Chakravarthy. Amat has pressed on stepping up awareness programmes for JE in the district.

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