Initiatives taken to face the challenge of Japanese encephalitis in Assam

Treatment and vaccination is available in every hospital and dispensary in the State: Health Minister

With an aim to plan for creating awareness among the people regarding dengue, malaria and Japanese encephalitis, a meeting was organized at the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup Metro. The meeting emphasized upon making the people aware of how to cover water storage and recycle the water to stop the breeding of mosquitoes. The meeting was chaired by the Joint Director Health Services, Dr Ganesh Saikia, and was participated by all the Deputy Commissioners of the State.
While interacting with the media yesterday, Assam Health Minister Keshab Mahanta informed that in the year, there have been two deaths out of Japanese Encephalitis this year till now. The count of death this year is less than that of the last year. It was also informed that treatment and vaccination is available in every hospital and dispensary in the State.
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Image: representative image
Japanese encephalitis has always been a big problem in Assam. The year 2019 saw death of 154 people due to this viral disease. As per reports from some top officials, a state-wide vaccination campaign against Japanese Encephalitis began in November 2020 under which 57 beneficiaries were vaccinated. This vaccination campaign was introduced in endemic districts.
Along with the scare of Covid, some other medical issues are also prevailing in Assam like the problems of malaria, dengue and Japanese encephalitis. The State government is taking active participation in dominating these problems.
Japanese encephalitis is caused by a virus and is considered the most deadly form of viral encephalitis in India. This virus is prevalent in a certain geographical area in some states. It is mostly spread by mosquitoes. It normally infects birds and domestic animals such as pigs. Vaccination is the only way out to prevent this disease. 
The vaccine for this viral has been included in the nationwide vaccination programme. The first dose of the vaccine is given within 9 to 12 years of age and the second dosage is given from 16 to 24 years.
the vaccine of Japanese Encephalitis
Image: the vaccine of Japanese Encephalitis

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