Patna , Oct 26 Alarmed by deaths of 27 children due to Japanese encephalitis in South Bihar, the state government has decided to launch a vaccination drive in the area from next month.
Though the opposition parties, including RJD, have alleged that over 60 people died of encephalitis in Gaya and Munger districts during the past two months in Bihar, the state Health department officials said they have reports of around 27 deaths so far.
The most affected districts were Gaya, Aurangabad and Munger in Bihar, the officials said, adding”we have planned to launch an anti-encephalitis vaccination drive from next month to tackle the spread of the disease.”
Special medical teams were also being sent to the area to find out the reason behind the outbreak of the disease and submit a report to the state government, they said.
Principal Secretary, Health department, C K Mishra, said the”situation was not alarming and we have the wherewithal to tackle the disease.
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