As Gujarat health officials stepped up the vaccination drive in hepatitis-hit Modasa town Sabarkantha district, the death toll due to the liver disease climbed to 46 with three more deaths on Tuesday.
“Three more deaths were reported today. With this, the total death figure now stands at 46,” Chief District Health Officer (CDHO), Sabarkantha H S Patel told PTI.
“Eleven new cases of hepatitis have been reported from different parts of the district and they have been shifted to hospitals,” Patel said.
The vaccination drive in the North Gujarat district continued for the second day today, trying to cover as many people as possible, he said.
Around 56,000 people were administered hepatitis-B vaccines in Modasa, the most affected area whose total population is estimated to be over 60,000.
Meanwhile, a doctor, Govind Patel, and his son Chintan, who had been booked on the charge of culpable homicide by the Health Department for using contaminated syringes, are yet to be arrested.
The district police said the father-son duo was evading arrest and gone underground.