BARAMA, Aug 3 � The dreaded Japanese Encephalitis has assumed an epidemic form in the entire Baksa district. Patients of three subdivisions � Mushalpur, Tamulpur and Salbari in the district � have been suffering from the dreaded disease, a report here said. As many as 20 patients are suffering from the disease at Tamulpur, Goreswar, Manikpur, Barama, Jalah, Naharbari, Anandapur and Batabari. One Ankur Das (13) died of the disease in Naharbari village near Mushalpur.
Patients, who are at present suffering from encephalitis, are Phulen Das (12), Mushalpur, Chandan Basumatary (1), Jalah, Tichima Bibi (35), Barama, Nurjamal Ali (5), Tamulpur, Hemanga Das (8), Barama, Askino Henra (10), Tamulpur, Arnab Nath (5), Mushalpur, Ambika Ramchiary (6), Mushalpur, Umang Daimary (7) Mushalpur, Arun Das (17), Jalah, Phulvanu Khatun (7), Goreswar, Kamala Basumatary (35), Manikpur, Pabitra Devi (6), Mushalpur, Purnima Biswas (15), Tamulpur, Usha Rani Narzary (15), Goreswar, Champak Baro (14), Goreswar, Sabika Khan (5), Ananda Bazar, Sushila Das (10), Barama, Hiranya Kalita (45), Bartari, and Piked Rava (5), Bartari.
Some patients have been shifted to a nursing home in Guwahati and GMCH for treatment. The local people have urged the authorities concerned to take timely action so that people suffering from the disease could be saved. Spraying of DDT in the affected villages has not been done yet.
Our Tezpur Correspondent adds: Two persons � Raju Saikia of Belaguri, Tezpur, and Kushal Nath of Jaishiddhi, North Jamuguri, died of Japanese Encephalitis this month even as 22 persons in the district have been suffering from the disease till date. This was informed by Dr Bharati Baruah, Joint Director of Health Services, Sonitpur district.
Dr Baruah informed that all precautionary measures have been taken throughout the district. Medical teams have been engaged in flood-affected areas of Sonitpur and a total of 1,33,138 persons were examined for malaria. Out of these, 308 persons tested positive for malaria in the district although no person died of this disease, said the Joint Director of Health Services.