Itanagar: A team of senior scientist from Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Dibrugarh, led by Entomologist Dr. Siraj A Khan, have arrived at Pasighat in East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh to assess the prevalence of vector-borne diseases in the district. State Epidemiologist Dr. Lopsang Jhampa has also come to Pasighat to discuss with the health authorities on the health scenario after the reported detection of over 20 Japanese Encephalitis cases in the district.
The visiting team also held a meeting to discuss the health scenario of Vector-Borne Viral Diseases including Dengue, Japanese Encephalitis, and Scrub Typhus at Bakin Pertin General Hospital.
The meeting highlighted on data collection and its importance and suggested to follow certain protocols while testing for Japanese Encephalitis. The need to regularize the sale of vaccines and vaccination by drug retailers, including maintaining cold chain was emphasized.
Dr. Khan made a powerpoint presentation on vector-borne diseases and elaborately spoke on the disease JE. He explained that JE disease is endemic in Southeast Asian countries including India.
Various aspects of Japanese Encephalitis, its mode of transmission, endemicity was exhaustively discussed. Dr. Jhampa also spoke on vector-borne disease including JE, Dengue and the vaccines, an official communique informed.