With one more person succumbing to hepatitis on Thursday morning in Sabarkantha’s Modasa taluka, the viral disease toll has touched 25 in less than a fortnight. The state government has sent out medical teams to tackle the situation.
Six deaths were reported in the last 24 hours and seven new cases of hepatitis were identified, all from Modasa, district officials said. With this, the number of hepatitis cases registered in Sabarkantha has gone up to 77. Over 50 people are being treated at various hospitals in the district.
Four members raised issue of the hepatitis outbreak in Sabarkantha in the assembly on Thursday. Replying to queries, Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas said according to figures available with him, 19 people had died due to Hepatitis-B infection in Sabarkantha. He said 224 medical teams were deployed in the district, where 115 villages had been surveyed.
The minister said a First Information Report had been filed against seven private medical practitioners, charging them with negligence. They had been booked under medical practitioners Act for illegal medical practices.