The death toll due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in Malkangiri district mounted to 101 on Thursday with the death of two more kids even as an eight-member expert team from the Ayush Department visited the tribals-dominated district to study the cause of the spread of the deadly virus.
The day’s deceased were identified as Mangaraj Madkami (7) of Kispali village under Korkonda block and Govind Kope (2) of Bayanayakguda in the district. They succumbed to the disease at the District Headquarters Hospital (DHH).
The Ayush team visited the affected villages and met people.
“Many kids in the district are suffering from malnutrition. To increase their immunity power, we are planning to provided them homoeopathy treatment, which has been a success in other States,” said a team member.
He said homoeopathic medicines would be distributed soon after the State Government gives its nod.
Meanwhile, sources said Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan would visit Malkangiri on November 14 to take stock of the situation.
Pradhan was earlier scheduled to visit the district on November 4, but it was cancelled by the district administration due to security reasons in view of a bandh called by Maoists.