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Meghalaya gears up to tackle against Japanese Encephalitis

Shillong, Jun 20 (UNI) Meghalaya government has geared up against the outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis in the Garo hills.
In view of the outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis cases in Tura, Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma held an emergent meeting accompanied by Secretary Health, Senior Health Officials, JE Specialist along with the District Administration, Tura Municipal Board, Veterinary department at Tura in West Garo Hills district to review the status and situation and necessary steps undertaken to control the spread of the disease in the district.
Senior Medical and Health Officer of West Garo Hills district, 13 patients have tested positive for Japanese Encephalitis till June 19.
Sangma also directed the health officials to conduct aggressive IEC awareness programmes including the Do’s and Dont’s about JE to the people and also to carry out fogging of the vulnerable localities where cases have been found and then extend to other localities of the district and also to continue regular fogging of the localities afterwards.
Mentioning about the effects of climate change in the region, the Chief Minister said that these vector-borne diseases are more likely to increase in future, therefore, awareness is critical and should sensitize the people especially at the individual level to reduce mosquito density by avoiding mosquito breeding grounds in their surroundings and personal protection against mosquito bite by using bed-nets, use of mosquito repellent, vaccination, etc.
Assuring support to the people of the area, Sangma said that this is not the work of government only, but everyone as a society should come together and cooperate to prevent this situation in future.
Immediate instructions were issued to the officials of the Tura Municipal Board to start fogging in the entire town to avert the spread of the epidemic.
Extra fogging machines were also dispatched from Shillong, the state capital of Meghalaya.
Health and Family Welfare minister A L. He convened an emergency meeting with senior officials of the health department to review the situation.
The State Nodal Officer of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme has been directed to reach Tura immediately and monitor the situation.
He also took stock of the availability of medicines and treatment facilities in the Garo hills districts. The DHS (MI) has been directed to provide all possible medical care and containment measures.
Dr S.D. Mazumdar, the Regional Director of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Shillong on Thursday left for Tura to take stock of the spread of Japanese Encephalitis cases in the Garo hills.
Experts from the Vector-Borne Diseases Division of the Ministry of Health and Welfare have also been directed to rush to Tura to guide the ground staff about the measures to be initiated to check the spread of Japanese Encephalitis.
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