New Delhi: In a bid to ensure high class medical facilities to people of Gorakhpur and Jhansi, AIIMS-like hospitals would soon be opened in these cities, informed Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad the LokSabha on Thursday.

The Health Minister said that Planning Commission has already given its nod and it is expected that in the next five-year plan it would be implemented.

Azad said in the last one year Japanese encephalitis has already claimed 1133 lives across the nation and added that an indigenous vaccine has also been prepared which will be made available in the market by May 2012.

In order to fight out this viral disease, he said, the GoM has already held three meetings, following which many recommendations have been made. The recommendations would now be sent to the Cabinet for its nod, he added.

Japanese encephalitis is a viral disease that infects animals and humans. It is transmitted by mosquitoes and in human beings causes inflammation of the membranes around the brain.

JPN/Bureau