Concerned over the large number of death cases on Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) reported from Gorakhpur, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has summoned Uttar Pradesh government to appear before it on Oct 3.
Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary (Health) Sanjay Agarwal was asked to appear before a bench constituted by NCPCR on Oct 3.
NCPCR member Dr. Yogesh Dube recently visited Gorakhpur and expressed his dissatisfaction over the government actions in dealing with as well as preventing the JE/AES cases.
He also felt that the Government is lacking any long-term plan and appropriate measures to curb the disease.
''The State Government has largely failed in dealing with as well as preventing JE cases. The government clearly lacks a long-term plan in dealing with the disease,'' said Dube.
He visited the BRD medical College in Gorakhpur and inspected the infrastructure facilities to treat the children infected with the deadly disease.
Dube also stressed the fatality rate and multiple disabilities caused by JE and need for an integrated management of physical and mental disabilities of children infected by it
He also met the family members of the victims who had died due to the disease.
During the visit, he also rescued a child labour from the railway platform vendor and produced him before the CWC.
The NCPCR member also launched an awareness campaign on JE in Gorakhpur and Kushinagar districts. It was attended by ANM, ASHA workers and other members of the civil society.