At least 48 people have died of Japanese encephalitis (JE) and other acute encephalitis syndromes (AES) out of 331 cases across Assam this year, the National Health Mission (NHM) said on Wednesday.
The National Vector-Borne Disease Control Program (NVBDCP) held a video conference with all districts to review the status of BSE and JE in Assam, according to a joint statement from the Department of Health and the state unit of the NHM.
“The state currently has 331 EE cases and 48 deaths, including 148 non-JE cases, 24 non-JE deaths and 183 cases of JE, 24 JE deaths,” he added.
The video conference was chaired by Health and Family Welfare Commissioner and Secretary Monalisa Goswami in the presence of NHM Mission Director Lakshmanan S and other officials.
Ms Goswami reviewed the state of illnesses in the state and tasked all concerned with ensuring the labs are functional and replacing the Elisa reader and washer (test equipment), if necessary.
She also called for ensuring the availability and allocation of JE beds in all district hospitals and medical schools to treat patients with mosquito-borne illnesses, the statement said.
Ms. Goswami instructed officials in her department to closely monitor activities and monitor the treatment of patients with JE.
“Monitoring and supervision should be strengthened and IEC / outreach activities should also be rigorously carried out in all districts and special attention should also be given to tea garden areas in Assam,” the statement said. .
Ms. Goswami further instructed all relevant officials to conduct regular field visits to ensure that the district working group meetings are conducted in close coordination with the different departments for better management of the ESA and of the EJ in the Northeast State.
“The VC concluded with the concluding remarks of the commissioner and the secretary, asking all the officials concerned to work in cohesion with the different departments for a better management of the AES / JE in the State,” the statement said. .
On Tuesday evening, the health department said in its daily COVID-19 bulletin that two people had died of malaria out of the 211 reported cases, while the state has so far recorded 18 cases of dengue.
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