At least 12 infants have died due to meningitis during the past 45 days in Mizoram’s Saiha district bordering Myanmar, health officials on Saturday said.

Five infants below the age of one year died during November while seven infants died in October.

14 additional beds have been squeezed into the 50-bedded Saiha district hospitals in view of the rising number of patients, the officials said, adding even free clinics have been organised in the remotest villages to safe the infants.

The officials said the situation in the area might have been aggravated due to malnutrition among locals, especially among the infants.

Keywords: MizoramMeningitis