Hailakandi: The Hailakandi administration is constantly monitoring cases of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in the district. Deputy Commissioner, Keerthi Jalli has directed the health authorities to gear up fully to tackle any public health emergency situation arising out of outbreak of JE and AES.
Following her instruction, the health authorities are submitting daily fever surveillance report wherein the slew of measures undertaken are outlined. Availability of insecticides are also stated in the report.
Till date 41,727 fever cases have been screened out of which five suspected JE cases referred to the Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH) for confirmatory test. More than 15,000 mosquito nets have been impregnated. Fogging operations have been carried out in 32 villages in the first round and 18 villages are covered in the second round. Awareness campaigns have been intensified in educational institutions and in JE prone areas across the district.
Joint Director, Health Services, Dr. Abed Rasul Mazumder said that 70 MPW and SW workers have been working round the clock and there is no unauthorised absence. Health officials and functionaries will not be allowed to take leave till September 30 except on genuine grounds.
Meanwhile, the health authorities have refuted reports in a section of the media regarding death of a head teacher of Indramoni Public High School Ibochangmocha Sinha at SMCH due to JE on Saturday. The health authorities said that the patient passed away before clinical tests could be conducted. However, investigation is on to ascertain the exact cause of death.
The health authorities here disclosed that there have been only one positive JE case and two AES cases in the district.