Kamrup (Metro) Records 7 JE Deaths, State Toll Reaches 125
GUWAHATI: Japanese Encephalitis (JE) has claimed seven lives in Kamrup (Metro) district till now since the outbreak of the disease in the state a few weeks ago.
Officials informed that while the situation has been stable for the past few days in the district, they are taking all necessary precautions to prevent new cases from surfacing.
Kamrup (Metro) has seen a total of 16 cases of the vector-borne disease since the last week of June.
“We have received 16 cases in total till now out of which, seven deaths have been reported from the district,” joint director of health services of Kamrup (Metro) district, Ganesh Saikia, told G Plus.
Assam saw an outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis and has been grappling with the disease since last month. At least 544 positive cases of JE were reported from across the state. Further, the death toll due to JE climbed up to 125 deaths.
Officials informed that they saw a rise in the number of cases for the disease was reported from June 20 onwards.
Japanese Encephalitis is a vector-borne disease which is transmitted primarily through mosquito bites.
Some of the major symptoms include fever, headache, vomiting, confusion and difficulty in moving. These symptoms typically take between 5 and 15 days to develop and more serious symptoms can also include swelling of the brain leading the patient to coma.
Experts say that if the patients do not report the symptoms on time, the disease can prove to be fatal.
Some of the majorly affected districts include Jorhat, Golaghat, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur and Kamrup among others.
“As far as Kamrup (Metro) is concerned, the situation is currently stable here as the number of deaths has remained the same for the past couple of days,” informed deputy commissioner for Kamrup (Metro), Biswajit Pegu.
He added that the JE situation has been stabilised in Kamrup (Metro) and no new cases have come to the fore as of now.
“Two patients are currently admitted in the hospital but apart from this, we have not received any new cases for the past one week,” said Pegu.
The deputy commissioner further added that the blood sample collection by state health and family welfare department is ongoing in all the circles and blocks.
The state government had laid a lot of emphasis on blood slide collection of anyone who displays even slight symptoms of the disease. The officials said it would help in early detection of the disease and would also drastically reduce the risk of death among JE patients.
Authorities informed that they are also conducting fogging in vulnerable areas. For this, the district administration has identified certain vulnerable areas in collaboration with the veterinary department.
They are laying special emphasis in those areas where pig farming takes place, as pigs are one of the major carriers of the JE virus.
Apart from this, in order to curb the number of cases of the disease, the multi-purpose health workers have been involved in creating awareness in villages and taking note of anyone who is suffering from fever or any other symptoms of JE. They immediately transfer the suspected patient to the nearest hospital or health facility for further tests, said officials.
After the JE outbreak in Assam, a team of officials from the central health and family welfare ministry visited the state to take stock of the situation and held meetings with senior health officials.
The team reviewed the actions taken by the Assam government and assured of all required help from the centre. Further, they and also asked officials to begin the adult JE vaccination from the month of December.
Talking to G Plus assistant superintendent of Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital (MMCH), KK Deka, said that the hospital has been paying close attention to JE and AES patients.
“We had three patients admitted in the paediatrics department and today we received another case,” said Deka.
There are many patients who have been visiting Guwahati for treatment from other districts as well, informed officials.
On the other hand, the state has also been witnessing an increasing number of cases for Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES).
Earlier, health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had announced that the all JE and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) patients admitted in ICUs of all government medical colleges and district hospitals will receive free ICU care.
Further, the state government is also providing Rs 1 lakh each to JE and AES patients admitted in ICU of private nursing homes for their treatment.
Additionally, the health minister had also mentioned that those JE and AES patients who are unable to avail 108 ambulance service while reaching government hospitals, will be given Rs 1,000 as transportation cost.