Via The Times of India: 46 die of encephalitis in a week.
GORAKHPUR: As many as 46 people have died of encephalitis in a week and seven in past 24 hours. BRD Medical College statistics reveal that 991 encephalitis cases have been reported since January this year, among which 291 have died and 184 are undergoing treatment in encephalitis ward of medical college.
The mortality rate this year is highest in three years. At present, the rate is 29.36%. In year 2011, only 18% encephalitis patients died, in 2012, the mortality rate was 20.93%, whereas in 2013, 29.33%. The increase in the last three years raises question on the claims made by the government.
The government is not following Holiya village model formula where the mortality rate came to zero. The chief campaigner of Encephalitis Eradication Movement (EEM) said:
"In order to eradicate encephalitis, we have been demanding implementation of 10-point programme of NEEP in the country but till 2009. To show effectiveness of programme, we adopted a village of Kushinagar district which was badly hit by encephalitis with five deaths and four handicapped encephalitis victims and no one vaccinated till 2009.
"From January 1, 2010, we adopted Holiya village and implemented ten-point program of NEEP, with a resolution that we'll make the village encephalitis free by 31st December 2010."
"Every year, more than 500 people die of encephalitis and I'm sure this year will not be an exception. The government is spending so much money on vaccination program of JE which is only 4% left and not focusing on prevention of entero viral encephalitis," he said.
The Holiya village formula is based on 100% prevention programme, where pigs were kept out of the residential area and drinking water and hand washing water made disinfected by keeping it in plastic bottles under sun for six hours, proper sanitation arrangements, use of mosquito net and arrangement of vehicle for taking the patient to hospital. Early vaccination programme is also part of the Holiya village formula.