From Our Correspondent
TEZU, July 17: With 305 Hepatitis B cases detected during a test at Guwahati-based Dr Lal Pathological Lab, this high incidence in border district of Anjaw has raised serious concern.
This came to limelight when Hyderabad-based NGO Biological E Limited conducted three-month vaccination drive in Anjaw. Considering the seriousness, Lohit DRCHO Dr S Nayil, who verified through rapid slide test to find positive, termed the situation alarming.
“I found all 305 cases positive. These tests randomly conducted in Walong, Chaglagam and Hayuliang circles, but more positive cases is expected if through test is conducted in entire district”, he said. The killer disease has already taken precious lives of social activist Eringso Ramat and a student of Hayuliang Govt HS School recently, he rued. The Govt should immediately act to contain the menace, he pleaded.
Anjaw DMO in-charge Dr KK Singh admitted to the report but denied it taking epidemic form. “We are generating awareness to maintain proper diet and hygiene. New born ones are vaccinated but for adult the vaccine is expensive. However, the GoAP and GoI have no plan to contain Hepatitis”, he said, adding “we have intimated the cases to DHS with, he said.
It calls for the state epidemiologist to act fast to assess the situation and recommend strategy to tackle it.