New Delhi: Expressing grave concern over the child deaths due to Japanese Encephalitis in eastern Uttar Pradesh, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has taken tough stand and sought details about the incident.

In a recent visit to Gorakhpur, Kushinagar and Deoria, a team formed by the NCPCR took stock of the affected areas and has raised question over the functioning of the state’s health department.

Following the report submitted by the team, the NCPCR has directed the state government to stop the spread of the deadly viral disease. After assessing the situation, the NCPCR asked the the state government to implement its 26 recommendations by the investigating team immediately and present a report in 15 days.

The team, including Dr Yogesh Dubey, Senior advisor Ramnath Nayak and adviser Divyakar, visited the disease –stricken villages, hospitals, schools and Anganwadi centres of the Gorakhpur division from December 5-8 and monitored the conditions of the areas where huge numbers of infants deaths occurred in the recent past.

The NCPCR shot off a letter to Uttar Pradesh secretary Anup Mishra stating suggesting 26 recommendations to control the widespread fever in the eastern part of the state.

The NCPCR made recommendations for improving the conditions of the hospitals, immediate prevention of disease, calling teams of specialized doctors from Delhi to affected areas, vaccination, setting up pathological centres and proper cleanliness in the areas.

The NCPCR is also of the view that committees should be formed to keep a close tab on all activities in this regard.