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Meningitis claims 257 lives since 2008 in Meghalaya
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 3:
Published on 4 Jul. 2009 12:19 AM IST
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Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Minister Mukul M Sangma on Friday said there were altogether 14 confirmed deaths from meningococcal meningitis in the state. Replying to a query raised by James K Sangma (NCP) on the number of meningococcal meningitis deaths during the past three years, Sangma said in 2008 and 2009, 257 people died of which 14 were confirmed deaths of meningitis. He also informed the House that the government had taken measures to prevent spread of the bacteria-borne diseases through distribution of free vaccination campaign conducted in East Khasi and Jaintia Hills districts and Mawkyrwat Block under West Khasi Hills district. ‘’Free vaccination in other parts of West Khasi Hills district is going on at present,’’ Sangma said, adding vaccinations in others areas of the states will start only when cases of meningitis was reported. Asked whether the government has fixed any target date to complete the vaccination, the Health Minister said the process was on and no specific target has been fixed to complete the preventive vaccination programme. The Health Minister further informed that curative measures were taken including early detection and treatment of cases, beginning from the Primary and Community Health Centres and Hospitals. He said in cases where treatment of meningococcal meningitis at the peripheral centres was not feasible, anti-biotic were provided to start resumptive treatment before referring the suspected cases. This apart, he said the department was also conducting awareness programmes through the print and electronic media, radio and television talks, live phone-in programme, distribution of leaflets, poster campaigns, health talk in schools and villages.

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