Himanta Claims Decline In Japanese Encephalitis Positive Cases In Assam

A file photo of Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma
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Guwahati, July 10, 2019

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on July 10th, 2019 claimed a decline in the Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) positive cases tally in the state.

Expressing his concern over the JE and AES patients, who are undergoing treatment in different hospitals across the state, Sarma in a Tweet said, “JE /AES positive cases are on a decline but our concern is with patients already in Hospitals.”

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“A total of 140 JE and AES patients are admitted as in-patients. Out of the 103 patients are in government and 37 are in private hospitals. Out of 140, 40 are in ICU, 10 patients are in ICU with ventilator,” Sarma said.

It may be mentioned that Jorhat is the highest affected district with 23 patients undergoing treatment in Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) which is followed by Kamrup (Metro) district with 12 patients in Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and five in Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital (MMCH).

On July 9th, 2019, at least 64 people were reported dead from JE and 265 positive cases were reported.

It may be mentioned that the state has lost 700 lives to this vector-borne disease since 2013. A total of 165 JE deaths were reported in 2014 while 94 in 2018.