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Taking serous note of reports of several cases of Japanese Encephalitis in Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh, Pasighat East MLA, Kaling Moyong inspected Bakin Pertin General Hospital, Pasighat on Wednesday.

He was accompanied by district medical officer, Dr Kaling Dai, joint director health services BPGH Pasighat, Dr D Raina, medical superintendent, Dr Y R Darang, district vector borne disease control programme officer, Dr Keni Lego and Dr B Apum, senior microbiologist etc.

During the visit, Moyong and the team inspected hospital wards where a JE positive small baby boy of one year and six months was admitted.

Moyong interacted with the young couple, the mother and father of the little boy and enquired about the improvement of the disease and advised them to take good care of the baby.

The worried couple of little boy informed Moyong that, they hail from Bijari village under Dambuk sub-division of Lower Dibang Valley.

After the visit, Moyong briefed the media about his visit and said that, Japanese Encephalitis is a serious disease but public needn’t panic much though several cases of JE were detected in East Siang District.

“I have been informed by the DMO and joint DHS that, total of 20 cases of JE were detected positive, but all are not that serious and were left home after formal medication as outpatient. But to contain spreading of JE and its related diseases, I have assured for sanctioning Rs five lakhs for procurement of fogging machines and others to be used for preventive measures,” added Moyong.

Meanwhile, Dr Kaling Dai, DMO and Dr D Raina, Jt DHS, BPGH Pasighat informed that there is nothing much to panic as the situation is under control now.

All the JE positive detected cases are not serious and most of them are normal and are at home without admitting in the hospital.

“As a preventive and precautious move, I would suggest removing of pigs reared in and around the residential quarters/ homes as Pigs are the main causes from where diseases like JE passes to human through mosquitoes,” added Dr Dai, DMO.

Senior microbiologist, Dr B Apum who does the JE test in the lab also informed that, there is nothing to panic.

Meanwhile, Adi Students Union (AdiSU) led by president, Nang Gao has appealed the State’s health minister to supply vaccination for JE to every health sub-centre, community health centre and primary health centre and district hospital of the State, especially in the affected districts like East Siang for the safety of the citizens.


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