New Delhi: To pre-empt the outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis in the national capital, Delhi Health Minister Dr AK Walia has given directions to the Animal Husbandry Department and MCD to send blood samples of pigs to the National Research Centre for Equine (NRCE) at Hisar.

Walia also spoke to the Director of Centre of Public Health requesting him to send the results of the samples to the Delhi government within 2-3 days. The Health Minister on Tuesday attended a meeting with senior officials to discuss the prevention of Japanese Encephalitis.

In the meeting, it was also decided that Babu Jagjiwan Ram Hospital in Jehangirpuri, Mahrishi Balmiki Hospital in Pooth Khurd and Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital in Rohini would be developed as new diagnostic centres to offer treatment to the people suffering from the disease.

Walia said that four cases of Japanese Encephalitis have been confirmed yet.