The death toll due to Japanese Encephalitis in Odisha’s Malkangiri climbed to 46 on Wednesday, prompting the authorities to initiate preventive measures in the unaffected areas even as show cause notices were issued to 22 officers in the tribal district for “dereliction of duty”.
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The toll due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE), which stood at 42 on Tuesday, climbed to 46 following the death of four more children at the district headquarters hospital Bhubaneswar, said a statement from the district Collector’s office.
Unconfirmed reports, however, put the toll at 48 due to the vector-borne disease which has affected at least 22 villages spread over six blocks in the backward district.
At least 37 people are undergoing treatment at the district headquarters hospital with four of them in the ICU, Malkangiri District Collector K Sudarshan Chakravarthy said, adding that so far, 79 people have been discharged from the hospital after treatment.
As many as 162 JE patients have so far been admitted to the district headquarters hospital here since the outbreak of the disease about 35 days ago, officials said.
Meanwhile, more specialists, including five from Bhubaneswar, six from Berhampur and three from Cuttack, have reached the district to assist the doctors and experts already engaged in tackling the situation, officials said.
As the entire administration geared up to deal with the situation, the Collector today issued show cause notices to 22 nodal officers in the district for “dereliction of duty”, a senior official said.