As many as 505 villages in the tribal- dominated Malkangiri district in Odisha are trapped with Japanese Encephalitis, so far, killing more than 73 children.
Japanese Encephalitis is a disease that spreads through mosquitoes bites and usually takes 5-15 days to develop. The symptoms include fever, headache, vomiting, confusion, and difficulty in moving.
The official source confirmed that the death toll had mounted to 73. It further clarified that only 23 children died due to Japanese Encephalitis, while the rest perished due to different reasons.
“Save our lives. Many of my friends have died of Japanese fever. You are roaming around the globe. Cannot you come over to our village and see how children are dying here,” writes the 10-year-old Umesh Madhi in his letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In his letter, the kid described the ordeal of parents who’ve lost their children to this epidemic.
“Sir, you are touring different countries. Can’t you come down to our village and see the plights of people here,” Madi wrote.
Authorities around the region have admitted that the situation had not improved and may take days before things are under control.
“The situation has remained grim even as the district administration has taken all possible measures to check the outbreak,” Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Nruparaj Sahoo told reporters.