U.P. wants to import encephalitis vaccines

Mulayam announces relief to those affected by the disease

LUCKNOW RAE BARELI: The killer Japanese Encephalitis (JE) claimed 14 more lives in Uttar Pradesh during the last 24 hours as the toll mounted to 949 on Thursday.

The fresh casualties included death of two patients from Bihar. The viral disease has enveloped the entire eastern Uttar Pradesh and also spread to Central parts of the State, according to reports reaching here.

As many as 76 fresh JE cases were reported in the State taking the total number of patients so far to 4,427 including patients from Bihar and Nepal.

Meanwhile, the U.P. Government has announced to import one crore Japanese Encephalitis (JE) vaccines from China and Korea, if the move was cleared by the Centre.

Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav made the announcement during his visit to Gorakhpur on Wednesday. He also announced monetary relief of Rs 25,000 each to those families who have lost their kin to the virulent disease, while Rs 50,000 along with equipment will be given to those crippled by the disease.

As many as 71 patients from Bihar have died so far, while two Nepalese nationals too had also lost their lives.

The JE endemic, which first appeared in eastern UP and later gripped almost half of the Sstate, has also affected the neighbouring country of Nepal, state of Bihar and even Madhya Pradesh, from where two patient received treatment in U.P., reports added.

The Baba Raghav Das Medical College (BRDMC), Gorakhpur, remained the centre of JE activities, with new patients from several eastern U.P. districts, Maharajganj, Deoria, Sant Kabirnagar, Ghazipur, Mau, Azamgarh, Basti, Siddharthnagar and Kushinagar as well as from Nepal and Bihar pouring in daily.

LUCKNOW RAE BARELI: Even as encephalitis showing no signs of abating, equipment to combat the disease in Congress president Sonia Gandhi's Lok Sabha constituency Amethi lies unused, thanks to politics over the issue between the State and the Centre.

While the helicopter provided by the Congress MP from neighbouring Amethi Lok Sabha constituency for undertaking aerial fogging of the disease- affected areas in the district has been stranded at Fursatganj airport since September 9 awaiting permission to fly, the Compojia fishes, which eat the larva of the mosquito spreading encephalitis and prevent their breeding, lay unused with the district administration.UNI

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