Most Of The Affected Children Stable: Health Minister

**Bhubaneswar:** With the death toll due to the deadly disease of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) mounting alarmingly every passing day in south Odisha’s tribal-dominated district of Malkangiri, State Government has wake up to the occasion and monitoring the situation on war footing.

This was revealed after a review meeting chaired by the Health Minister at the State Secretariat here on Saturday.

Briefing media soon after the review meeting, Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said, “Till date out of the 116 cases, JE and suspected JE (Japanese Encephalitis) have been detected. Over 25 have been cured and discharged from hospital. While 53 are undergoing treatment there, most of the affected children are stable. 2-3 kids are in the ICU. Nine doctors from outside are camping there at the Malkangiri DHH. In Kalimela CHC also doctors along with more nurses have been pressed into action. Today Director and Additional Secretary, Health Service are rushing there to take stock of the situation. Pig isolation and fogging are on by the district administration. Awareness among the people has increased as they are hospitalising immediately their children having fever.”

On the much sought immunisation, he informed, “Vaccination drive is taken up under the immunisation programme of Government of India. The three vulnerable States like Assam and Bihar are administered such vaccine. So far our State is concerned, we had written to the Centre and it had also decided to begin the programme from November. Now it is not possible at the infected stage which has been made clear by the Centre.”

Mission Director, NHM, Odisha Shalini Pandit informed media, “To monitor the situation we, three members, are monitoring here at the State level while a three-member team has gone to Malkangiri. Whatever required are being done, doctors, medicine, staff nurses, lab technicians have been sent, over 40 beds have been arranged there, Rs 50 lakh has already been given to meet contingency. How the situation would be effectively controlled, we’re continuously monitoring from the control room here 24 hours.”


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