20 JE cases detected in E/Siang, Moyong visits BPGH to take stock of situation

|Maksam TAYENG|

PASIGHAT, Jul 18: As many as 20 cases of Japanese Encephalitis have reportedly been detected in East Siang district. Taking serous note of reports of JE cases in the district, local MLA Kaling Moyong has inspected Bakin Pertin General Hospital here on Wednesday to take stock of the situation. He was accompanied by District Medical Officer Dr Kaling Dai, Joint Director of Health Services Dr D Raina, Medical Superintendent (BPGH Pasighat) Dr Y R Darang, District Vector Borne Disease Control Programme Officer Dr Keni Lego and Sr microbiologist Dr B Apum.

During the visit, Moyong and the team inspected hospital wards where a JE positive small boy of one year and six months was admitted. He also interacted with the young parents of the little boy hailing from Bijari village under Dambuk sub-division of Lower Dibang Valley district and enquired about his health.

After the visit, Moyong told the media that Japanese Encephalitis is a serious disease but public needn’t panic much though several cases of JE were detected in East Siang district.

“I have been informed by the DMO and Joint DHS that a total of 20 cases of JE were detected positive, but all are not that serious as they left for their home after formal medication as outpatient.

But to contain spread of JE and its related diseases, I have assured for sanctioning Rs five lakh for procurement of fogging machines and others to be used for preventive measures,” added Moyong.

DMO Dr Dai and Jt DHS (BPGH) Dr Raina said that there is nothing much to panic as the situation is under control now. “All the JE positive detected cases are not serious and most of them are normal and are at home without admitting in the hospital.

“As a preventive move, I would suggest removing of pigs reared in and around the residential quarters/ homes as pigs are the main causes from where diseases like JE pass to human through mosquitoes,” added Dr Dai.

Meanwhile, the Adi Students Union (AdiSU) led by its president Nang Gao appealed the State’s Health Minister to supply vaccines for JE to every health sub-centre, community health centre and primary health centre and district hospital of the State, especially in the affected districts like East Siang for the safety of the citizens.

In the meantime, in the wake of reports of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) outbreak in parts of the state, Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Mitali Namchoom has held a meeting with senior officers of the district Health department at DC’s conference hall, Roing on Thursday to discuss precautionary measures. District Vector Borne Disease Control Programme Officer Dr N Yirang informed all about JE and the precautionary measures to be taken to contain the disease.