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Two more encephalitis deaths in Odisha

Published : Oct 31, 2016, 11:56 pm IST
Updated : Oct 31, 2016, 11:56 pm IST

Two more children succumbed to Japanese Encephalitis on Monday, taking the death toll due to the vector-borne disease in Odisha’s Malkangiri district to 80 in 52 days.

Two more children succumbed to Japanese Encephalitis on Monday, taking the death toll due to the vector-borne disease in Odisha’s Malkangiri district to 80 in 52 days.

The two children, a boy and a girl, died while undergoing treatment at the Malkangiri District Headquarters Hospital (DHH). The deceased were identified as Lata Bhandari of Kalimela and Kuna Madakami of Puspaguda.

 

Though the state health department and the district administration are taking preventive steps, the death toll due to the disease is rising in the district.

On Sunday, two children had died of the disease in the district.

On October 26, Odisha unit of Congress had organised a ‘Sishu Banchao Mahasamavesh’ in Malkangiri to protest against the alleged government inaction in addressing the Japanese Encephalitis situation in the state.

Led by AICC Secretary Suresh Hegde, former Union minister Bhakta Das and Odisha Congress vice-president Pradeep Majhi, hundreds of Congress workers had joined the rally and blamed the government of negligence. According to the Congress, Japanese Encephalitis has claimed as many as 200-250 lives so far.

 

The Union petroleum and natural gas minister is likely to visit Malkangiri on November 4 to review the situation, said sources in the BJP state unit.

Location: India, Odisha, Bhubaneswar