New Delhi: In a bid to deal with the scourge of brain fever gripping the country, a national level programme will soon be launched. The Health Ministry along with four other ministries will present a proposal for making a policy in their budget for the same.

According to a senior Health Ministry official, the Group of Ministers (GoM) has reached on a consensus in this regard and a policy will soon be finalized in the GoM meeting to be held next week.

At present, the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) under the Health Ministry is responsible for dealing with the disease but under the new programme, Rural Development Ministry, Women and Child Welfare Ministry, Urban Development Ministry and Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry along with the Ministry of Health will be handed over the charge of controlling the spread of the fatal disease.

According to the official, the previous cases of brain fever were diagnosed to be Japanese Encephalitis spread by mosquitoes, but now majority of the cases are found to be of antro-virus, spread by drinking contaminated water.  Therefore, the new programme will be designed on a wider scale and not only health facilities will provided for the treatment of patients under the programme but arrangements will also be made for its prevention and rehabilitation of the affected children.

It may be noted that the brain fever which usually afflicts small children has claimed the lives of hundreds of kids in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar every year. The new programme will enable setting up of special schools for the affected kids. Also, clean drinking water facilities will also be provided to all under the programme.