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3 die of malaria in Barak

Silchar July 28: Three persons died of malaria in Karimganj district of Barak valley, forcing the health authorities to open three medical camps in Churaibari village, Tilbhum and Karimganj railway stations.

A 24-year-old worker of Hathikhira tea estate, Bejoy Pasi, died on Friday at Karimganj civil hospital.

According to the district malaria officer in Karimganj, Abdul Halim, the main objective of these medical camps is to keep a watch on the incoming passengers there from Tripura, which itself is reeling under a malaria epidemic.

Anybody found with fever is asked for blood samples and he or she is then given immediate medical attention, he added today.

The names as well as the home addresses of these blood-donating passengers are kept in registers and as soon as any one of them is found to be infected with malaria, pre-emptive steps would be under way.

He said 91 people in Karimganj and its adjoining district of Hailakandi have been found to be infected with malaria since May.

In Hailakandi district, 46,144 blood samples were collected in June and 157 people were affected by malaria, said Ashis Kumar Paul, an assistant malaria officer in the district.

In Cachar, 33 people are being treated for malaria.