Kanchanpur: At least 14 children have died of Acquired Respiratory Infection (ARI), a kind of viral fever, in the tribal hamlet of Chhota Kangrai and its neighbouring villages in North Tripura district in the last 20 days, official sources said Thursday.
Sub-divisional Medical Officer Subrata Roy said 14 children died at Chhota Kangrai, Bara Kangrai, Paschim Kangrai and Dhananjoypara due to the fever but the situation was now under control.
"Following receipt of information of deaths, we are organizing regular health camps in the areas and the patients are responding well to the medicines distributed by our
medical teams," Roy informed reporters.
He said the health teams have examined more than hundred slides of blood samples and ascertained that the disease was ARI and not malaria.
Sub-divisional Magistrate of Kanchanpur D.K Chakma said the tribals, mostly from the primitive Reang community, did not inform the authorities about the deaths, otherwise the health camps could have been organized earlier.