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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Malkangiri, Oct 4:

Japanese Encephalitis claimed lives of three more children in Odisha’s Malkangiri district taking the death toll in the vector-borne disease to 30.

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While Priya Madkami (2) of Badali under Korakonda block died late last night during treatment at the district headquarters hospital, Dinesh Padiami (3) of Namkonda under Kalimela block took his last breath at the medical in the wee hours of Tuesday. Similarly, a 2-year-old baby girl of Uskapali under Korakonda block died at the hospital this afternoon.

Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, department secretary Arti Ahuja and Animal Resources Development secretary Bishnupada Sethi visited Malkangiri yesterday and took stock of the situation.

They held discussions with district administration officials in the presence of Animal Husbandry department authorities regarding steps to be taken towards isolation of Japanese Encephalitis virus infected pigs to curb spreading of the disease.

After the meeting, Ahuja informed that special pig enclosure will be constructed and guards would be appointed there.

The Mission Director of National Health Mission (NHM) yesterday sanctioned Rs 50 lakh assistance for the district to purchase medicine and necessary equipment to tackle the disease.