Lucknow: The recurring affliction of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in Uttar Pradesh has become a bone of contention between the state government and the Centre. Contesting to have brought down the JE susceptibility rate in the state, the UP government has denied the allegations of carrying negligent approach to curb the Encephalitis in the state.

Hitting back at the Union Health Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad’s remark on prevalence of JE in UP, the state government said that Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanese Encephalitis are prevalent in the eastern part of the state from the past 30 years. As such no vaccine has been developed to control AES whereas for the control and prevention of JE the state government has been actively carrying out vaccination.

The health authorities said they have not yet received any letter from the Centre and claimed of giving health facilities to JE patients despite limited resources.

The officials maintained that efforts made by the government resulted in downfall of JE cases. The vulnerability rate of encephalitis rate has been brought down from 1042 cases in 2005 to 164 in 2011,

Moreover, attacking the Centre for not approving the proposal of providing potable water in rural area, the authorities said that the Centre should approve Rs 300 crore project to provide drinking water facility as well as proper lavatory to maintain sanitary condition in the villages and stop the spread of JE.