Japanese Encephalitis death toll reaches 126 in Assam

Japanese Encephalitis death toll reaches 126 in Assam

Agency News

Guwahati, Jul 29 : With one more death of a woman reportedly infected with the deadly vector-borne disease Japanese Encephalitis, the death toll has increased to 126 in Assam.

The deceased has been identified as Rukiya Begum.

Begum was undergoing treatment at Gauhati Medical College when she breathed her last. 125 people were reported dead till Saturday in Assam due to Japanese Encephalitis with six deaths reported on Friday from different districts of Assam.

Earlier, the Assam Government, through a press statement has informed that drugs like Paracetamol, Mannitol, IV fluids, and other antibiotics are available free of cost in every public health institution.

All District Hospitals and Medical Colleges have designated beds for AES/J.E cases. Ventilator Facilities are available in nice districts of Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Sonitpur, Barpeta, Cachar, Golaghat, Kamrup (M), Lakhimpur, Sivasagar.

For early transportation of the fever cases from the villages to the district Hospital or Medical Colleges, 108 Mritunjoy ambulances are earmarked. A total of 3,622 fever cases have been transferred to the health facilities during June 2019, a statement said.

The Government of India plans to begin an adult vaccination programme across the state during the current year after the Japanese Encephalitis season is over. (UNI)