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Equipments to combat JE lies unused in UP

Equipment to combat the JE in Amethi lies unused, thanks to politics over the issue between the state and the Centre.

india Updated: Oct 05, 2005 14:59 IST

Even as Japanese encephalitis, which has claimed about 800 lives in parts of the eastern region of Uttar Pradesh, shows no signs of abating, equipment to combat the disease in Congress president Sonia Gandhi's Lok Sabha constituency Amethi lies unused, thanks to politics over the issue between the state and the Centre.

While the helicopter provided by the Congress MP from neighbouring Amethi Lok Sabha constituency for undertaking aerial fogging of disease affected areas in the district has been stranded at Fursatganj airport since September 9 awaiting permission to fly, the Compojia fishes, which eat the larva of the mosquito spreading encephalitis and prevent their breeding, lay unused with the district administration.

The life cycle of the larva of the mosquito spreading encephalitis is of only one week', the sources said.

The Compojia fishes had arrived here on September 10 last and were supposed to be released into the ponds and other places in the disease hit areas in the district.

Besides 25,000 medicated mosquito nets were provided by the Centre for distribution in the areas but they also lie unused, according to highly placed sources here.

The mosquito nets had also arrived here on September 11 last but so far not a single one had been distributed, sources alleged.

First Published: Oct 05, 2005 14:59 IST