New Delhi: The Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted on deadly menace of Japanese Encephalitis in the country especially in the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh, has suggested that all the ministries should work together to deal with problem.

The GoM which is working on preventive, case management and rehabilitation measures for consideration and approval of the Cabinet in the cases of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) held its first meeting here on Monday. It will submit its report within one month.

While talking to reporters after the meeting, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said that all ministries will address the serious issue jointly and submit the report within a month.

“Important issues like information about the deadly virus and measures to curb it were discussed in the meeting” Azad said, adding that the cases of AES were found to be comparatively high with respect to the JE cases.

Highlighting the deadly AES that spreads from polluted water, Azad said the GoM needs to work on suggesting measures for improvement in this direction.

The GoM will suggest measures for controlling mayhem created by the viruses and ensure grant of financial aid from the Centre for rehabilitation of the infected children. The next meeting is scheduled to be held on Friday.

Among the ministers present in the meeting were Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Mukul Wasnik, Minister of Rural Development Jairam

Ramesh and Woman and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath.

The GoM was formed earlier in November after Azad in his letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh suggested its formation after inspecting the plight of people in badly- hit Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh.

JPN/Bureau