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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 13:

Senior BJD leader and Cabinet Minister Damodar Rout, often known for courting controversies, today indirectly criticized the Health department, doctors, and experts for remaining silent over the alarming number of deaths due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in the state.

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Rout questioned why were experts and the medical team mum over the deadly fever and why were they not discussing the technical aspects of the killer fever.

“Why medical experts are silent on the issue? Why are only administrators making statements on the issue? Why its technical aspects are not being discussed? Why a conclave is not being held on the issue?” asked Rout.

“Is Japanese Encephalitis a seasonal disease like dengue? Why immunization in December?” he further asked.

The Minister said there is a need for creating awareness on the disease by experts at this hour to contain it.