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?JE vaccination not enough?

VACCINATION IS not enough to check the reoccurrence of the Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in eastern UP. Stress should be laid to uplift the social standard of down-trodden people and make them aware regarding various means to check the killer disease.

india Updated: Mar 19, 2006 21:07 IST

VACCINATION IS not enough to check the reoccurrence of the Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in eastern UP. Stress should be laid to uplift the social standard of down-trodden people and make them aware regarding various means to check the killer disease.

This was stated here by former director of community health at Jawahar Lal Nehru University, Deobar Banerjee, while inaugurating a seminar cum workshop jointly organised by the Psychology department of DDU Gorakhpur University and sponsored by the University Grant Commission. Banerjee lamented that the government was shirking its responsibility to provide education and basic health facilities to people.

Quoting examples, Banerjee said vaccination could check recurrence of a disease but apprehended that the vaccination programme might meet the same fate as the family planning and other health programmes due to apathetic attitude of officials.

Putting health policies under a scanner, he said even after 57 years of Independence, the State did not have a compact rural health programme and eastern UP districts were paying the price for the negligence of officials. JE was a regular annual phenomenon for the last 30 years in this region. He suggested that top Health officials should be from the Health services instead of an IAS officer.

Delivering his views on this occasion, Prof JD Rastogi said illiteracy and poverty had aggravated the problems in eastern UP. He stressed the need for education and awareness regarding sanitation to check reoccurrence of JE. Prof Pramod Rai of Sagar University, Prof CB Dwivedi from BHU, Shital Prasad from Allahabad, Prof Ghalib Hasan from Jamia, New Delhi, are also attending the two-day workshop.

The key note address will be given by vice-chancellor Prof Arun Kumar.

First Published: Mar 19, 2006 21:07 IST