MALKANGIRI: With the death toll due to Japanese Encephalitis reaching 42 in Malkangiri district, the Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) on Sunday suspended two health workers on charges of dereliction of duty. They are- Subala Mistri of Badali and Biswanath Patra of Palkonda.
On the other hand, the district administration has opened free kitchens for children and pregnant women in the JE affected villages of the district, said Collector K Sudarshan Chakravarthy here on Sunday.
Addressing mediapersons, he said 35,000 children in the age group of 6 months to 6 years and 6000 pregnant women under Korukonda and Kalimela blocks will be provided free food for one month at 479 anganwadi centres on trial basis. Nutritional support will also be extended to the pregnant women, he added.
He said all preventive measures have been taken to check the spread of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and asked people not to panic. “We are dealing with the challenge seriously and 35 Nodal officers with their support teams are monitoring the situation round-the-clock,” he said.
Due to massive effective cleaning, sanitation and fogging measures, the number of JE cases is declining as the culex mosquito, carriers of the virus and their larvae are being destroyed, said Chakravarthy quoting the officials of National Vector Borne Disease Control Research Centre, who are currently visiting the district.
Fogging is going on in 65 villages of the district and about 8000 mosquito nets have been distributed. This apart, the task of indoor fogging in 36 affected villages and isolation of the pigs have been completed leaving no room for culex mosquito to affect the kids, the Collector said.
On the other hand, the 12 children who were suffering from JE have been discharged on Sunday, he added. Chakravarthy said it is not conductive for vaccination at a time when the epidemic is on. The vaccination drive will start in December, he added.
Meanwhile, Joint Secretary, Health, AK Mishra and Director, Health Department, Kailash Chandra Dash visited some JE affected villages and District Headquarters Hospital here on Sunday.