Gorakhpur: Dissatisfied with measures being taken to check deaths of children due to encephalitis and acute encephalitis syndrome in eastern UP, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has issued a notice to the state government.

The Commission has summoned the state's principal secretary, health, to Delhi on October 3 to explain the position.

NCPCR member Yogesh Dubey told reporters here that because of the intervention of the Commission, the Centre has cleared several proposals to check deaths of children due to encephalitis.

Dubey said the Uttar Pradesh government has not worked according to the directives of the Commission and added that work done to tackle the disease in UP was negligible.

He said the Commission directed the government to conduct a death audit and mapping of malnourished children at war footing, but the government did not respond.

To a question, he said that his effort was to ensure setting up of a divisional rehabilitation centre in Gorakhpur for rehabilitation of children rendered physically impaired due to the disease.

A total of 1,758 patients have been admitted to different government hospitals of the region and 287 of them have died so far this year, according to Additional Director General (Health) Diwakar Prasad.

(Agencies)

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