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Japanese Encephalitis: Pradhan seeks Nadda’s early intervention

Bhubaneswar, Oct 6: Concerned over the rising death toll due to the deadly Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in Malkangiri district, senior BJP leader and Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday met Union Health Minister JP Nadda in New Delhi and sought his immediate intervention to tackle the situation.

“The disease has assumed epidemic proportions and has claimed lives of more than 30 infants. The deaths have been reported from Malkangiri district of Odisha which is an under-developed district afflicted with Left Wing Extremism. The district fares poorly on all socio-economic indicators,” said Pradhan.

Therefore, it is necessary that the Government of India extends all possible support for identifying the causes of the disease and advise the State Government regarding effective steps for combating the clinical fallout of its spread and for preventing mortality associated therewith, said Pradhan.

“This will prevent the spread of the disease to neighbouring districts. A high level fact finding team should be sent to investigate the causes for the outbreak of the disease and also advise remedial measures for containing its fallout,” said Pradhan.

Nadda too assured all possible supports to Odisha to contain the situation. 

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