Guwahati : Japanese Encephalitis has already claimed 24 lives in Assam with many others lying in various hospitals in serious condition. The Japanese Encephalitis outbreak in Assam has reported 100 cases of the disease, as per the reports of the Union Health Ministry.
“There are two crucial months to come – July and August. The challenge would be to contain the outbreak to the minimum in the next two months,” Additional Secretary Sanjeev Kumar, who led the four member central team, said.
After a review meeting with the state health department officials in Guwahati, Kumar told waiting journalists that the state health department is “very” active and things are “under control”.
“We have reviewed the situation with health department officials of the state. So far 24 deaths have taken place out of the 100 reported cases of Japanese Encephalitis.” He said.
The four members central team, including senior officials from the National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme, visited the state to take stock of the situation on the instructions of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.