JORHAT/BARPETA, July 31 - As many as 15 cases of death due to Japanese Encephalitis in Jorhat district were confirmed by government officials today. One Munindra Dey (85) of Mariani died of the disease at the Jorhat Medical College Hospital recently.
Jorhat Joint Director of Health Services and Family Welfare Dr Mubidur Rahman said that all preventive measures have been taken across the district to protect the people from the disease.
According to him, 33,300 insecticide-treated nets have been distributed in various locations of the district and 282 awareness camps were held. Besides, 46,637 nets were medicated in different households in the affected areas of the district. Vaccination camps are also being held on every Wednesday across the district, he added.
Health Department officials said that no new case of Japanese Encephalitis has been reported in the past few days.
Meanwhile, four persons have died of Japanese Encephalitis and more than 40 are suffering from it in Barpeta district so far this year. According to information available, Kamala Deka (50) of Kalatali near Sarthebari, Tarabhanu Begum (40) of Bilasipara near Barpeta Road, Mariam Khatun ( (50) of Kayakuchi Pathar and Mahiruddin (70) of Gellapara died of the dreaded disease.
It is learnt that 42 infected people are undergoing treatment in different hospitals. The Health Department of Barpeta district has allegedly not initiated any steps to administer vaccines to prevent this disease.