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Second round of JE dose on radar

The health department is trying to prepare a micro plan of 236 villages, which emerged as high-risk areas of Japanese encephalitis, for the second round of immunisation.

Japanese encephalitis vaccination should be carried out after a gap of at least six months. The first round was given to 14,98,193 children of the district in December, 2013.

Keeping in view the impending threat of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), the department planned to cover 1,56,364 children in April 2014 with the Japanese encephalitis vaccines. Even then 92,200 children were left out.

On June 22, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan launched a two-day special drive of Japanese encephalitis at Kanti primary health centre.

The health department, however, could vaccinate 85,000 children. “The remaining would be brought to the nearby PHCs,” said district immunisation officer Dineshwar Singh. Children who were vaccinated in December 2013 would be administered the second dose in July.

Details of schedule of vaccination and dates would be finalised after consultations with district magistrate Anupam Kumar. A team of paediatrics from the Indian Medical Association, Bihar unit, would visit Muzaffarpur in aftermath of deaths of children.

The deputy superintendent of Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital, Dr Sunil Shahi, said five kids were admitted in the past 24 hours.

Gaya deaths

Two children suffering from AES died at Anugrah Narayan Medical College and Hospital (ANMCH) on Tuesday. The death toll at ANMCH since June 12 has gone up to four now.