Central team to review reports of spread of Japanese Encephalitis in Assam

Central team to review reports of spread of Japanese Encephalitis in Assam

Agency News

New Delhi, Jun 30 : In view of the reports of Japanese Encephalitis cases in Assam, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan has deputed a central team to review the situation in the state.The directives were given on Sunday to the Health Ministry to extend all support and assistance to the state government.

"I am closely monitoring the situation. The Health Ministry is coordinating with the Government of Assam for prevention and management of Japanese Encephalitis to ensure that the cases don’t rise in the state", Dr Harsh Vardhan said.He said that the Union Health Ministry is providing all logistical and technical support to the Assam Government in terms of surveillance and diagnostic kits to strengthen their efforts in addressing the problem.Noting that community participation and empowerment are the most crucial areas in JE prevention, Dr Harsh Vardhan urged all the stakeholders to start rigorous awareness campaigns regarding the preventive steps to be taken by the communities.

The central team deputed to Assam is headed by Sanjeeva Kumar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and is accompanied by the senior officers from National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme, New Delhi.
The Union Health Ministry has already given interesting support to Assam state for effective prevention and control of JE.All 27 districts of Assam have been covered under JE vaccination campaign (for 1-15 yrs.) followed by Routine Immunization as part of Immunization Programme, an official statement said here.

Ten high endemic districts of Assam Shivsagar, Barpeta, Nagaon, Sonitpur, Darrang, Udalguri, Bongaigaon, Cachar, Morigaon, Nalbari have been included under the multi-pronged strategy for prevention and control of JE.These districts have also been covered under adult JE vaccination campaign.Out of 10 high burdened districts, funds have been provided for establishment of seven Pediatric ICUs. Of these, four ICUs have been made functional.For the diagnosis of JE, till date 28 Sentinel Surveillance Hospitals have been identified and MoHFW is providing diagnostic kits to the State free of cost, the statement said.(UNI)