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Japanese Encephalitis cases reported in district, administration rolls up sleeves

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Jamshedpur: A total of 28 cases of Japanese Encephalitis cases have been reported from health centers of the district.

In view of the out spread the joint director and consultant Japanese Encephalitis of National Vector Borne Disease Control Program (NVBDCP) V. K Raina held a sensitization meeting with East Singhbhum district health department over increasing cases of vector borne diseases reported in this region.

The visit of the senior NVBDCP official who was accompanied by state consultant of NVBDCP Sagya Singh assumes significance in view of the rise.

“There is a very high rate of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) cases reported from different districts of Kolhan region while being treated in health centers of East Singhbhum at the lone vector testing lab at

Dimna based MGM Medical College. Out of 48 JE cases reported in 2013 across the state 28 are from this region. The meeting was called to sensitize the district health officials about vector control programs and also to know about problems, if any, in carrying out such programs,” said Sagya Singh.

The department which earlier used to only spray larvicidal apart from undertaking cleanliness exercise will be opting for destroying unused containers (identified vector breeding centers) in the affected areas and educating people on not allowing water to stagnate in residential areas. This exercise would be held simultaneously with routine methods of spraying larvicidal in the area.

From district health department records, in the year 2010, over 10,000 viral cases were reported in the district in the monsoon period while there were four deaths due to dengue. The figure rose to 16,000 in 2011, mostly from chikungunya and dengue, with one death due to dengue. In 2012 there were around 8,000 viral cases in the city.

The local residents said that though the district health department took initiative to curb the menace but again the diseases has shot up making the life difficult for the people Manoj Hansda, a social worker said that their the administration lacks will to work in the fringe areas due to which the situation is far from safe. “I think immediate steps need to be taken to control the menace. The health department needs to spread awareness in the villages and necessary medicines should be distributed” he noted.

The four-hour long meeting held at the district collectorate felt that spray of insecticides through fogging machines, identification of vector breeding areas and awareness amongst masses about vector control and disease detection programs are the tools through which an outbreak of JE can be controlled.
East Singhbhum malaria officer, B. B Topno said that she had sent requisition for fogging machines to the district administration in February 2013 but so far no fogging machines has been procured.

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