Dimapur district task force consisting of Dimapur district administration, medical, school education, social welfare and others including NGO’s bodies would launch a vaccination programme for preventing spread of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in the district from October 4 to 13 for children in the age group of 1 to 15 years.
The team would launch a ten-day one-time vaccination programme in all schools in the district, Dimapur District Hospital, Community Health Centre (CHC) and Primary Health Centre (PHC) from 8 am to 4 pm, stated an official bulletin.
To ensure proper implementation of the programme, a coordination meeting was held at DC’s Conference Hall on September 27 chaired by ADC Dimapur, Sedevikho Khro.
While welcoming the board members, he also urged the members to extend logistic support for successful implementation of the programme.
Japanese Encephalitis (JE), a vector borne disease is transmitted by infected mosquitoes called ‘Culex mosquito’ which causes serious disabling illness. The virus enters the body through the bite of Culex mosquito and infects the brain, causing inflammation and swelling which may result in long- lasting brain damage.
Culex mosquitoes are usually found in rural rice-growing areas, pig-farming regions of Asia. The mosquito picks up the virus from animals commonly from pigs and water birds and then transmits to human during mosquito bite.
The symptoms of JE can be known when people show flu-like symptoms, including fever, chills, fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting, confusion and agitation can also occur in the early stage.
The different approaches to control JE focused on three major areas are infection control from mosquitoes (vector), amplifying host (pig) control and through vaccination.