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Friday, December 9, 2011

India : Report on Death of Children in Uttar Pradesh

Via PIB India :

" The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had called for a report from the Government of Uttar Pradesh regarding deaths of children in the State, the Minister of Women & Child Development Smt. Krishna Tirath revealed this in Rajya Sabha today in written reply to a question.

The Minister further stated that the Commission has received the report. As per report, 462 children died from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and 27 children died from Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in 2011 (as on 31st October, 2011). The State has further informed that a special immunization drive was carried out in 2006 and again in 2010 for Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in Gorakhpur district. Thereafter a regular immunization programme has covered 32,421 children till September, 2011.

She also said that as per the report, reason of AES in more than 50% of the cases is not known. Investigation for the reasons is going on in Gorakhpur Unit of National Institute of Virology, Pune. Once the reason is known, effective initiative can be planned."

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