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Deaths from Japanese encephalitis dropped by 95% in UP between 2017 & 2021

Deaths from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) have dropped by 90 percent and 95 percent respectively in Uttar Pradesh between 2017 and 2021, a recent presentation by the Department of Medical Health and Family Welfare before the Chief Minister has revealed.

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New Delhi: Deaths from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) have dropped by 90 percent and 95 percent respectively in Uttar Pradesh between 2017 and 2021, a recent presentation by the Department of Medical Health and Family Welfare before the Chief Minister has revealed.

The total number of AES and JE cases have also declined during the period by 65 and 78 percent respectively, the presentation pointed out, attributing it to Yogi Government’s continuous campaign in encephalitis prone districts, such as Gorakhpur, Deoria, Firozabad and Siddharth Nagar.

The Yogi Government has also set up state-of-the-art Paediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) in Gorakhpur and Deoria and is running mobile medical units to provide better and faster care to those suffering from the two diseases.

According to the presentation, deaths from AES and JE dipped from 594 and 81 in 2017 to 58 and 4 in 2021 while the number of cases dropped from 4758 and 677 to 1664 and 148 respectively during the period.

It is worth mentioning here that the Yogi 2.0 Government is all set to launch Zero Mission soon to eradicate vector borne diseases such as Japanese Encephalitis, dengue, malaria, typhoid, pneumonia and Zika virus. The Government also aims to eradicate TB by 2025, reveals BJP’s poll manifesto (Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra) for UP.

Furthermore, the Government plans to double the number of ambulances equipped with high quality life supports system and appoint 6,000 doctors and 10,000 para medical staff shortly to improve healthcare in the state. The Government also seeks to expand the network of Jan Aushadhi Kendras in the state so that people can get medicines at cheaper rates.

The Yogi Government has also made enough provisions in its budget for the financial year 2022-23 to improve healthcare in the state. The Government has, for example, proposed Rs 5395 crore made for Rashtriya Gramin Swasthya Mission, Rs 1300 crore for Ayushman Bharat Yojana, Rs 142 crore for Ayushman Bharat Mukhyamantri Jan Arogya Yojana, Rs 320 crore for Pradhanmantri Matritva Vandana Yojana, Rs 1073 crore for building diagnostic infrastructure for primary health care facilities, Rs 425 crore for Urban Health and Arogya Centres and Rs 54 crore for strengthening the State Drug Control System.

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