Guwahati: Amidst the surge in the COVID 19 cases in Assam, at least 48 persons have died in the state due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and other such Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) out of 331 cases across Assam this year, the National Health Mission (NHM) said.
“The state currently has 331 AES cases and 48 deaths, which includes 148 Non-JE cases, 24 Non-JE deaths and 183 JE cases, 24 JE deaths,” it said.
On Wednesday, the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) held to review the status of AES and JE in Assam. Health officials of all districts in the state as it were chaired by Health and Family Welfare Commissioner and Secretary Monalisa Goswami in the presence of NHM Mission Director Lakshmanan S and other officials.
The health department has been asked to ensure that the laboratories are functional and replace the Elisa Reader and Washer (equipment for testing), wherever needed.
The department has also been directed to ensure availability and earmarking of JE beds in all district hospitals and medical colleges to treat the patients of the mosquito-borne diseases, the statement said.
Goswami said, “Monitoring and supervision need to be strengthened and IEC/awareness activities too should be rigorously done at all the districts and special focus should also be given at the tea garden areas in Assam.”
Regular field visits was also instructed to ensure that the District Task Force meetings are conducted in close coordination with various departments for a better management of AES and JE in the northeastern state.
On Tuesday, the health department said that two persons had died due to malaria of the 211 reported cases, while the state has seen 18 dengue cases so far.