Agartala, Sept. 29 (ANI): State Health and Family Welfare Minister, Badal Choudhury, has said that Tripura government has issued alert over increasing cases of dengue, malaria and encephalitis across the state.
“For the last three years we are noticing dengue patients in our state. In the year 2013 there were eight reports of dengue, in 2014 the number was six and this year as on today there are 15 patients who have been identified with dengue,” said the minister told reporters.
He informed that most of the cases of dengue have been reported from capital Agartala.
Meantime, the other vector borne disease spreading in the state are – encephalitis and malaria which has taken a number of lives in the remote Dhalai district.
“During the year 2015 all total 22 patients were infected with Japanese encephalitis in the state but after June month there has been no new case of the disease. However, there are four deaths due to encephalitis in this period. While in the 2014 some 51240 persons were infected with malaria and out of them 96 had reportedly died. This year till 31st August some 22562 persons were infected by malaria most of them in Dhalai district and the death toll due to this are 16,” said the Health Minister.
Choudhury was accompanied by senior officials of the health and family welfare department informed that he had reviewed the situation during his visit to various remote areas of the state last week and issued direction to the district administration that health workers have to be mobilised extensively across all districts.
The Minister claimed that the cases of malaria this year has come down to half in comparison to last year till August.
Choudhury however, failed to justify why Tripura could utilize only 1.6 crores of total 11.6 crores allocated to fight malaria under the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme from the government of India. (ANI)
By Pinaki Das