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Japanese Encephalitis: Death toll reaches 115 in Odisha's Malkangiri
The death toll due to Japanese Encephalitis disease, which spread like wild fire in Odisha's Malkangiri district, reached 115 with three more children succumbing to the disease on Monday while getting treatment in the district head quarter hospital (DHH). However, the official sources put the toll at 96 in the last 68 days.
At present 18 Japanese Encephalitis (JE) affected children are under going treatment at the DHH. 14 are in the JE special ward and 4 of them in ICU. According to the hospital sources, 325 kids have under gone treatment for JE at the DHH while 214 children have been discharged so far.

An emergency meeting of the District Task Force on JE immunisation was held at DRDA conference hall under the chairmanship of collector K. Sudersan Chakraborty with other district heads of both medical and social activities elaborately discussed the prevention, diagnosis and immunisation of the killer disease to be taken up in December first week.

In a meeting it was decided that house to house screening of JE will be carried out from November 20 to 22. The collector said that senior members of all families should be present during screening so that there will be no problem for the staff to collect right data about the disease.

Officers at the district and sub-divisional level have been appointed to monitor the implementation of the immunisation, said the collector.

Meanwhile, the Union Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan, State BJP president Basanta Panda and party leader K.V. Singh Deo reached Malkangiri Border Security Camp at Malkangiri and visited most affected villages under the BSF security cover and spoke to the families who lost their children to the killer disease and also to local Anganwadi workers. They also took stock of the situation at the district head quarter hospital.

A part from Japanese Encephalitis, malnutrition, dengue and malaria are also causing trouble, the minister said. Minister told that he was advised by the Prime Minster of India to visit Malkangiri and meet the affected people.

The district police administration had not granted permission to the minister for visiting the villages for security reasons. However, the minister visited the villages under BSF security cover.

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