TINSUKIA: A District Task Force meeting on Acute Encephalitis Syndrome-Japanese Encephalitis (AES-JE) was held on Monday at the DC’s conference hall, Tinsukia under the chairmanship of Manjit Borkakoti, ADC (Health), in the presence of Joint Director of Health Services, Tinsukia along with other health officials and stakeholders of different departments.
Representatives of various departments such as Agriculture, Education, Fishery and Municipality were present in the meeting. Preparedness being an inevitable part of JE eradication campaign, the meeting urged all the stakeholders to undertake maximum awareness meetings in agricultural fields, schools, forest areas and urban slums with the help of health professionals/ experts. The IEC-BCC/Awareness activities play an important role to create consciousness among the public about these vector borne diseases like malaria, JE and AES, said Manjit Borkakoti.
Revealing the previous records, the Joint Director of Health Services, Tinsukia said in 2019, Tinsukia had 61 AES cases with 30 JE positive of which 11 AES deaths occurred in the district while 8 people died due to JE. Keeping in view the past incidents, all measures to control or prevent the disease at this stage should be prioritized, maintained Borkakoti.