Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Malkangiri, Oct 6:
Death of children due to Japanese Encephalitis in Odisha’s Malkangiri district continues unabated as four more children succumbed to the disease late last night taking the death toll to 38 in 28 days.
According to reports, four children took their last breath while undergoing treatment at the district headquarters hospital.
The Malkangiri Collector has cancelled Dussehra holidays of all government officials in the district in view of the alarming situation and asked them to stay alert.
The state government has decided to construct enclosures (pigpens) near affected villages to isolate Japanese Encephalitis (JE) infected pigs in order to curb the disease, Health Secretary Arti Ahuja had said yesterday.
The district administration will construct the enclosures under MGNREGA. Villagers will be appointed to guard these pigpens and wages will be given to them.
Worth mentioning, pigs are the host of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). It gets transmitted from pigs to mosquitoes and further from mosquitoes to human beings.