NALBARI, July 6 - With the death of two more patients, the death toll due to the dreaded Japanese encephalitis disease has gone up to seven in Nalbari district in the last one month, health department sources said.
Joint Director of Health Services Dr Chittaranjan Pathak said 18 people infected with the disease were still undergoing treatment in various hospitals.
The latest deaths have proved that the situation due to the disease in the district was still alarming, though the health department said that the spread of Japanese encephalitis was under control.
The district administration in collaboration with the health department organised a sensitisation meeting at the conference hall of the Nalbari Zila Parishad on July 4. In the meeting, Deputy Commissioner Bharat Bhusan Dev Choudhury urged the field workers of the health department to work towards making the rural people aware of the Japanese encephalitis outbreak.
Addressing the meeting, Additional Deputy Commissioner Udayaditya Gogoi, who is in charge of the health department, requested the field workers to work in coordination with the panchayat members and gaonburahs to generate more awareness about the disease.