Rain aftermath: diseases hit UP, Centre worries

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Lucknow, Aug 26: Vector-borne and infectious diseases like Japanese Encephalitis (JE), Brain Fever, Malaria, Jaundice and Diarrhoea have claimed lives of over 15 people overnight in Uttar Pradesh.

A Central Government's report stated that all in all 800 cases of Brain Fever have come to fore in 13 districts of East UP and of them 150 people have succumbed. The Centre has even asked the state government to tackle with these diseases, especially Brain Fever effectively.

According to official sources, east UP was under the jaws of the diseases as it was most affected due to flood and heavy rainfall.

In the last 24 hours, as many as 513 people were affected by diarrhoea in the state and of them four people have died.

Gastroenteritis has affected 10 people and taken the life of a person.

Similarly, Brain Fever has affected 24 people and resulted in the death of three person overnight in the state.

Since the onset of monsoon season this year, Malaria has taken the lives of 55 people in Kanpur (dehat) and affected as many as 125 villages.

Blood sample of over 13,000 people were tested, of whom 445 detected postive with the disease in Kanpur (dehat) only. The medical department has distributed over 6,000 choloroquin tablets.

Meanwhile, reports from Gorakhpur stated that the toll of the JE in eastern Uttar Pradesh has reached 172 since the onset of monsoon season.

JE mostly affects children.

Official sources said from January one, 936 JE patients had reported at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College here and other district hospitals in the division, of which 172 had died.

Almost 140 JE patients were still convalescing at various hospitals.


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