Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday heaped praises on the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh for tackling the problem of large number of encephalitis deaths.
Speaking at an event in Mathura, PM Modi slammed critics who have been blaming the BJP government in UP for large number of casualties among children.
"I want to congratulate the Yogi government as there wasn't a single Parliament session that would go by without Yogi Adityanath talking about the dangerous and horrific stories of encephalitis and how children were dying in the state," said PM Modi.
He added, "There were some vested interests who refused to acknowledge his work and blamed Yogi Adityanath for the death of innocent children. I don't know if the media will show you these numbers but a disease that was spreading due to filthy environment is now reaching near extinction."
PM Modi also appealed to the masses to stop using of single-use plastic and prevent pollution while also ridding the country of huge volumes of plastic.
The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday said there has been a "sharp decline" in the number of cases and deaths due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) this year.
In a statement, Devesh Chaturvedi, principal secretary, Medical, Health & Family Welfare Department said, "As many as 34 deaths have been caused due to AES this year (till August 27), while 890 patients of the disease have been admitted. As far as Japanese Encephalitis is concerned, only 4 deaths have been reported this year (till August 27), while 55 patients of the disease have been admitted."
"In 2016, the number of AES patients stood at 3,911, and 641 deaths were reported. In 2017, the patients' count rose to 4724, while the death figures were 655. The statistics showed a downward trend in 2018, when there were 3,077 AES patients, and 248 AES deaths took place."
In 2017, as many as 93 JE deaths were reported, while the headcount of JE patients was 692. The year 2018 saw a decline both in the number of patients (329) as well as JE deaths (30).
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