Japanese Encephalitis Kills 41, Health Workers Suspended


Bhubaneswar:  Two health workers were suspended for alleged dereliction of duties as the toll due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE) on Sunday climbed to 41 with two more children succumbing to the killer disease in Odisha’s Malkangiri.

While two children undergoing treatment at the district headquarters hospital in Bhubaneswar succumbed to the disease, 20 more patients were admitted to the hospital today, said Additional District Medical Officer (ADMO), Kalyan Sarkar.

The number of patients with Japanese Encephalitis admitted to the hospital for treatment has touched 137, he said.

Unconfirmed reports put the death toll due to the deadly disease at 44.

As the administration geared up to grapple with the situation on a war footing, two male health workers were placed under suspension on charge of dereliction of duty in Badali and Palkonda blocks, Dr Sarkar said.

Stressing that the health department is doing its best to contain the disease, he said fogging and spraying is on to check mosquito population in the affected areas.

Meanwhile, it has been decided to provide free cooked food to pregnant women and children in the disease-hit Kalimela and Korkonda blocks of the district, Collector K Sudarshan Chakravarthy said.