DIBRUGARH, Aug 3 - As many as 19 have lost their lives of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and 6 due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in the district in the current year. Six among the deceased were minors, health sources informed.
Dr Uday Kumar Baruah, Joint Director of Health Services, Dibrugarh said that health department had received altogether 115 cases of AES and 28 were detected of JE till date. �Several of the JE detected patients are undergoing treatment and recuperating, although six expired,� he said.
Dr Baruah said that both JE and AES are being reported from scattered population and not from any one category of people or from any one type of habitation. The highest eight JE cases has been reported from Tengakhat area followed by Khowang and Naharani health centres with five JE cases each. Four JE cases have been reported from Lahoal area and two from Panitola.
Moreover, 68 cases including 22 minors were detected of JE at Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) till date. Dr Rattan Katakey, Principal, AMCH said that the medical institute had received altogether 229 cases of AES, of which 68 were JE cases. Eleven out of the 68 JE cases have expired while others are under treatment, he said.
Mangaldai Correspondent adds: Japanese Encephalitis (JE) has turned deadly in Darrang district claiming seven lives including three children. Sipajhar and Kharupetia are the worst affected Primary Health Centres (PHC) with three casualties each while one person died under Jaljali PHC of the district.
The deceased under Sipajhar PHC have been identified as Sabur Ali (55) of village Saru Byaspara, Jesmina Khatun (9) of Phuhuratoli and Bhoka Debi (74) of village Niz-Sipajhar, while under Kharupetia PHC the deceased are Sultan Ali (40) of village Ganakar-Mati, Mozamil Hoque (4) of Paniakhat and Moidul Islam (14) of village No1 Shyampur. The only casualty recorded under Jaljali PHC is Sajuiddin Ahmed (50) of village Kaliapara-Aulachowka.