Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Koraput, Oct 12:
Amid back to back deaths of children in Malkangiri due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE), Odisha Health Secretary Arti Ahuja today took stock of precautionary measures in the neighbouring Koraput at a meeting where the district Collector and other concerned officials were present.
“The collector had called for a meeting to review the preventive measures against Japanese Encephalitis. Though there is no need to panic now, we will advise people to keep pigs away from villages,” said Ahuja.
“We are going to spread some preventive messages. Firstly, we will create awareness among people and tell those who rear pigs to keep the animals away from them. Secondly, we will advise people to keep children indoors during evening. Thirdly, our field level officials will communicate with people regarding dos and donots in the current situation. New check posts will be created in the bordering areas of the district to keep an eye on mass scale transportation of pigs from neighbouring districts,” said Koraput Collector Jaya Kumar V.
Notably, a three-year-old child of Badiadaguda village under Kotpad block died at the district headquarters hospital yesterday suspectedly due to Japanese Encephalitis. Similarly, a two-year-old child had also died of suspected Japanese Encephalitis in Jeypore on October 10.