Encephalitis has claimed 323 lives in eastern Uttar Pradesh so far this year. A total of 1,765 people,mostly children,have been affected by the disease with 15-20 new cases being reported every day.
The number acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) cases reported so far is less than last year; the deaths,too,are marginally controlled.
By this time last year,the total encephalitis cases were 2,522 while deaths were 359. Amongst the districts with maximum AES cases this year are Kushinagar,Deoria and Gorakhpur with over 300 cases and 50 deaths and Maharajganj,Sant Kabir Nagar and Siddhartha Nagar with over 100 cases and around 25 deaths.
Japanese Encephalitis,a more virulent strain of encephalitis which was expected to be controlled after vaccination drives,is still spreading. A total of 161 cases of JE have been reported from these districts so far,which is higher than last year’s figures of 99. As many as 23 cases of JE have succumbed,making the number four more than last year.
The encephalitis situation in the state is better than last year,with around 700 cases less than 2012. We are trying to do all we can to create awareness and provide medical treatment to patients as soon as possible, said Dr D K Srivastava,Director General,Medical and Health,UP.
Meanwhile,the building for 100-bed encephalitis ward at BRD Medical College,Gorakhpur,which handles maximum encephalitis cases from the region as well as from Bihar and Nepal,is ready for inauguration by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav October 8. Former CM Mayawati had announced the construction of the ward in September 2011. Built at Rs 20 crore,the fund were granted under NRHM.