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TURA | June 29, 2019:

The Union Health Ministry has rushed an expert to Meghalaya’s West Garo Hills district to assist the administration fight outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis, officials said on Thursday.

At least 16 persons were affected by Japanese Encephalitis in West Garo Hills district prompting state Health Minister AL Hek to review the situation emergently in Shillong on Wednesday evening, the officials said.

The expert hails from Japanese Encephalitis Division of the ministry.

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Health Minister AL Hek said, “The state nodal officer of the national vector-borne disease control programme has been asked to also report to the district administration and to provide assistance. Another expert from the health ministry is also arriving.”

The first two cases of Japanese Encephalitis were reported almost a week ago in the district. Till Wednesday, 16 cases were tested positive, eight of which are from Tura town, according to a senior district official.

As of now, extra fogging machines are being despatched and all measures have been initiated.

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“An appeal is being made to all to bring suspected cases to nearest health facilities for testing and treatment,” a state bulletin said.

Health Secretary Pravin Bakshi is closely monitoring the situation and ensuring availability of drugs and medicines besides reviewing the treatment facilities.

“The director of health services (MI) has been directed to provide all possible medical care, and containment measures have also been initiated,” Pravin Bakshi said.

(PTI)

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