NCPCR may call UP Health Secy on Encephalitis deaths

Last Updated: Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 16:21

New Delhi: In the wake of nearly 500 children
succumbing to Japanese Encephalitis in eastern Uttar Pradesh
this year, the National Commission for Protection of Child
Rights (NCPCR) has said it may summon its Health Secretary if
the state government does not submit a report soon.

NCPCR had taken a suo-motu cognisance of reports in this
regard and issued a notice to UP government asking it to
submit a detailed report, NCPCR Member Secretary Luv Sharma
said here.

"We had issued a notice to UP government on October 8
asking them to provide us details of the deaths. We have not
received any reply from the state Government. Now we have
decided to issued them a reminder and I will also talk to the
Health Secretary there," he said.

Nearly 500 children have died in Eastern UP because of
Japanese Encephalitis. It is a serious issue and we want a
official report from the state government on this, Sharma
said.

Hoping that the UP government will take the reminder
seriously, he said the Commission may decide to summon the
Health Secretary if the state fails to provide them the
necessary details.

"Japanese Encephalitis is a major disease and it needs
concerted efforts of all the responsible agencies. We are also
planning to consult other state governments in this regard,"
Sharma said.

Over the years, eastern UP has been the epicentre of
Japanese Encephalitis in the country and the measures taken by
the state government have been of little help.

Recently, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad during his
visit to the affected areas had ordered setting up of a
central coordination committee to deal with the problem.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 16:20

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