A group of doctors in the chief minister’s hometown of Gorakhpur has demanded the inclusion of encephalitis and its preventive measures in primary and secondary school curriculum.
In August, Gorakhpur’s B R D Medical College hospital was in the news after many children died due to different medical reasons, including acute encephalitis syndrome (AES).
“We began this campaign because AES has 30 per cent death rate, which is higher than any other disease in the region, especially eastern Uttar Pradesh. While dengue and other diseases have found place in the curriculum, it is high time that encephalitis and its preventive measures were also included,” said Dr R N Singh, the Gorakhpur-based social activist and a doctor who has been raising the issue of preventive measures for encephalitis in the past as well.
“AES can be prevented through basic measures like personal hygiene, keeping hair and hands clean, drinking clean water, keeping piggeries out of residential areas, among others,” he said. “These are more of a social issues rather than the medical ones and require participation from public.”
Dr Singh said he had written to the chief minister’s office on the matter and also submitted a request on the “Jan Sunvayi” portal.