By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, July 24: The Malaria Department of Kamrup (M) and the GMC woke up to the mece of vector-borne diseases in the city only from Monday when they jointly started fogging in the city.
Dengue and Japanese encephalitis have posed a threat in the city where many cases have already been reported.
State Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on record disclosing on July 16 that Japanese Encephalitis claimed 44 lives and 87 persons died of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in the State till that date. “The hospitals across the State have recorded 305 and 1111 cases of JE and AES,” Sarma said on that day.
However, sources from the joint Director of Health Services, Kmrup (M), said that notorious vector-borne diseases in Assam are dangue, Japanese Encephalitis, Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), malaria, chikungunya fever etc.
According to official sources, as of now two JE cases have been identified in the city and in one the patient died till July 14 this year. “The number of AES cases in the city this year till July 14 was 78. As many as 43 dangue cases have been detected in the city,” the sources said.