AIZAWL, Aug 2 - The Mizoram Government today designated the Civil Hospital here as the Sentinel Site Hospital for Japanese Encephalitis (JE) where diagnostic equipment and medical experts with supporting staff are in place, an official statement today said.
The preventive arrangements were made after reports of outbreak of the disease in neighbouring Manipur surfaced last week, the statement added. State Health Department officials said that while no JE case had so far been detected in the State, precautionary measures were made to meet any eventuality.
The Aizawl district administration has already issued prohibitory orders, banning the import of pig, cattle, buffaloes and chicken from Manipur as domestic animals could be the carriers of the disease.
Experts will soon be sent to the Mizoram-Manipur border areas to train medical officials in the rural hospitals and health centres and also to create mass awareness among the local populace about JE, the statement added. � PTI