Encephalitis claims 3 more lives in Odisha, death toll reaches 27

Nearly six children are stated to be in a critical condition at the the Malkangiri district headquarter hospital.

Written by Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneshwar | Published:October 4, 2016 2:44 am

The death toll due to Japanese Encephalitis in Malkangiri rose to 27 in nearly three weeks with three more children dying in the district. While a three-year-old girl died this morning, Basanti Madakami of Koimetalai village and Rupa Padiami of Kasalbedal village died Sunday evening.

Nearly six children are stated to be in a critical condition at the the Malkangiri district headquarter hospital. Although the district administration has set up camps in the affected villages for treatment of ailing children, it has proved to be of little use in containing the situation.

Odisha Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak and Health Secretary Arti Ahuja, who reached Malkangiri Monday to take stock of the situation, held discussions with the district officials. They also visited Palakonda and Koimetalai villages and reviewed the situation.

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Nayak said his department will conduct a detailed study on the outbreak of the disease. Meanwhile, the National Health Mission Monday sanctioned Rs 50 lakh assistance for purchase of medicines and necessary equipment for the area.

“A team of doctors and specialists who have come from Bhubaneswar, will stay in this district and take necessary measures to bring the disease under control. A team of doctors of the Animal Husbandry department have also come to the district to isolate the infected pigs which are principal carriers of the disease,” said the minister.

Nayak said as pigs were the main carrier of the disease, the government will take specific measures to isolate them from the human habitation.

The first incidence of the disease in Malkangiri district was seen in 2011. While 15 children had died of the disease between 2011 and 2014, there was no report of any death in 2015.

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