Following the reports of five Dengue deaths in neighbouring Assam recently, Welly on Wednesday convened a meeting with the officials to review preparedness against any outbreak of Dengue and Japanese Encephalitis, official sources said on Thursday.

He stressed that the department should ensure that no lives are lost from these two preventable diseases. Emphasizing the need of coordination between health department and other related departments, the minister said the administration should maintain clean environment and dispose of wastes regularly to prevent breeding of mosquitoes.
"With regards to Japanese Encephalitis, the piggeries in domestic backyards should be strictly disallowed. Pigs happen to be the amplifying hosts to the virus causing the disease," he said.
"The Health department must ensure that sufficient quantities of fogging machines and pumps are functional," he said.
Arunachal Pradesh recorded cases of Dengue for the first time in 2012 at East Siang, Papum Pare, West Siang and Upper Siang districts where about 346 cases were detected positive.
While Japanese Encephalitis claimed one life in Changlang district recently, the disease also reported from Tirap, East Kameng and Upper Subansiri districts.


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