New Delhi: The National Health Mission, on Thursday, said 45 people have died until July 3 since the outbreak of Japanese encephalitis in Assam. The affected areas include the upper Assam districts of Jorhat, Golaghat, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur and lower Assam district of Kamrup.
The NHM, in a statement, said, “Assam is undergoing the transmission season for Japanese encephalitis cases. A total number of 45 Japanese encephalitis deaths have been reported till July 3, 2019, in the state.”
However, the situation in the state is under close watch and all preventive measures are being taken to combat the situation by providing diagnostic services along with medical kits and intensified awareness programmes.
The Assam government ensured a certain number of beds to be reserved for JE patients while treatment and diagnostic cost at medical colleges and district hospitals are borne by the state.
Moreover, the central team, including senior officials from the National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme, had visited the state to take stock of the situation on the instructions of Union health minister Harsh Vardhan.