Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has claimed that Japanese Encephalitis (JE) is on the verge of eradication in the state.
"Japanese Encephalitis has wreaked havoc in the state for over 40 years in the state. It will be wiped out from the face of the state in the next two years," the CM claimed.
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"This will be possible as we have taken up a sustained campaign against the disease," the CM added while interacting with the media in Gorakhpur recently.
Sharing statistics with reporters the Chief Minister said that the death rate of encephalitis in the eastern part of the state has fallen by up to 95 per cent after 2016.
"The battle against Japanese encephalitis is in the last phase. We will also fight against COVID-19 in a similar manner," he added.
CM Adityanath also presented district-wise data of Japanese encephalitis cases in Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Maharajganj and Deoria in the last four years.
The data shared by the CM showed a huge dip in the number of cases and the death rate.
It may be recalled that the death of 60 children in three days at the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur in August 2017, allegedly due to disruption in oxygen supply, had led to a massive controversy.
Since then, Yogi Adityanath has ensured a massive sanitisation, sanitation and awareness campaign in the region, leading to a massive reduction in the number of Encephalitis cases.
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