Seven children have succumbed to encephalitis in the last 24 hours in Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh, taking the toll due to the dreaded disease to 390 this year.
The deceased, who were admitted at the BRD medical college and hospital in the district, belonged to Gonda (1), Basti (1), Gorakhpur (1), Siddharthanagar (2) and Kushinagar (2), health officials said today.
Diwakar Prasad, Additional director (Health), said 23 people suffering from the disease were admitted to different hospitals yesterday.
He said that a total of 2,511 encephalitis patients were admitted to different government hospitals of the region this year of which 390 died.
Over 270 patients are still being treated, he added.
The village heads of sensitive areas have been advised to launch massive sanitation campaign from their own budget to check the spread of the disease.
Taking note of the deaths, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights today summoned senior health officials of Uttar Pradesh.
Encephalitis is a vector-borne disease which is mainly caused due to consumption of contaminated water and unhygienic conditions.
It causes acute inflammation of the brain. It’s symptoms include headache, fever, confusion, drowsiness, and fatigue. More advanced and serious symptoms include seizures or convulsions, tremors, hallucinations, and memory problems.
Source: ndtv.com, ibnlive.in.com
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