Published On: Mon, Oct 10th, 2016

Japanese Encephalitis on declining path as all out effort intensifies in Malkangiri of Odisha

malkangiriReport by Kishor Dash/Deba Prassd Dash; Bhubaneswar: AS the massive preventive and treatment measures are on in the Japanese Encephalitis affected villages all across the Malkangiri district in Odisha, the virus borne disease which has so far claimed 42 lives till Sunday is on a declining path with no death has been reported during the past 24 hours , claimed the Maljangiri District Collector K. Sudarshan Chakravarthy .

Of the total 156 kids admitted to the Malkangiri DHH so far, 50 have been discharged successfully after treatment, the Collector informed adding the inflow of JE affected patients is also declining . While 72 kids were undergoing treatment in Malkangiri DHH on Sunday , the number has come down to 59 today, he added.

Terming the reports of 25 undergoing JE affected kids fleeing the the District Headquarters Hospital today as completely baseless , Chakravarthy said it is nothing but a rumour being spread by some people.

Needless to say that Chakravarthy who is a young IAS Officer is monitoring the situation 24×7 and is in touch with the 35 nodal officers deployed by him in the JE affected remote villages who are undertaking the anti-JE preventive measures including cleaning, sanitation , fogging and isolation of the pigs from the human habitation.

The administration has suceeded in isolating near about 20,000 pigs ,the hosts of JE virus from human habitats in JE-affected areas following the serious efforts made by the officials of the administration in pursuing the tribal inhabitants to keep the pigs in special enclosures, at least 3 km away from the villages.

Selling and transportation of pigs have been banned by the administration. In some areas,remote pockets of Malkangiri district, irate tribals had started killing pigs, the hosts of JE virus following the disease claimed 42 lives so far . Concerned at rising deaths of children, the tribals, who are dependent on these animals for their livelihood, are taking the extreme step of killing pigs.

However, the district administration sources here clarified that no orders were issued for culling of pigs in the affected areas.Concerned at rising deaths of children, the tribals, who are dependent on these animals for their livelihood, are taking the extreme step of killing pigs.

All out efforts to destroy culex mosquitoes through fogging and sanitation measures have been stepped up in all the affected and nearby villages thereby leaving no chances for sting to spread it’s tentacles, claimed the Collector K. Sudarshan Chakravarthy .

The scientists of the Koraput based Vector Control Research Centre (VCRC) have also been pressed into service .The 35 nodal officers deployed by the collector have camped in their respective areas and looking after the ongoing anti-JE drive.

Mean while, no death toll has been reported during the past 24 hours which gives a clear indication that the disease is on a declining path, health experts here opined.

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