NALBARI, July 5 � Although Japanese encephalitis has taken an epidemic form in flood- affected Nalbari district, it is alleged that the State Health Department has not taken any adequate steps to combat the dreaded disease. Meanwhile, the disease so far claimed seven lives, including four children. Resmi Begum (8) of Jonakipur died at GMCH on Saturday. Another child Marjina Begum (18 month) of Suradi also lost her life in the dreaded disease. The other person who lost their lives in Japanese Encephalitis are Damayanti Rajbangshi (50) of Tihu, Rumi Begum (6) of Mularkuchi, Simanta Lahkar (65) of Baharghat and Ranjit Barman (10) of Dirua.
The district health department has deployed five medical teams in the flood affected areas but these are insufficient in the district. The Nalbari district unit of AASU submitted two separate memorandums to the Deputy Commissioner and Joint Director, Health Services of Nalbari.
The president and secretary of the AASU unit Himan Barman and Ratul Deka demanded the concerned authority to provide an ex-gratia of Rs 3 lakh to the next kin of flood and encephalitis victims of the district. They also alleged that the relief materials provided by the district administration are insufficient and are of low quality.