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Death toll reaches 47, Two more killed in malaria epidemic
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Death toll reaches 47, Two more killed in malaria epidemic
PHOTO : Malaria patients in Dharmanagar hospital of North Tripura district. TIWN Pic June 24

AGARTALA, June 24 (TIWN): Two more were killed in the malaria epidemic that ravaged the state for past one and a half months. The death toll has reached 47 as of now though reasons of two deaths among these couldn’t be confirmed since they never came under institutional treatment, Tripura Health Minister Badal Choudhury said here today.

Speaking to reporters at the civil secretariat here this evening, the minister said that 6,288 persons underwent blood tests on Tuesday alone among whom 1,251 were diagnosed with malaria parasite. 522 patients were admitted in different hospitals across the state today.

Janurang Reang (35), wife of Bhatnajoy Reang from Hamsapara in Khedacherra block in Panisagar sub-division was reported to have died on Tuesday from Malaria. She died during treatment at Dharmanagar Sub-Divisional Hospital. Tarendra rang (14), son of Bidyajoy reang of Ratanjoy Para in Dasda block of Kanchanpur died at Kanchanpur sub-divisional hospital during treatment, the minister added.

Koaifang and Belonia in South Tripura and Chowmanu in Longtraivalley sub-divisions are reported to be having the highest figure of infected patients at the moment.

According to the latest statistics, 36 thousand 329 patients, who got admitted in different hospitals across the state, underwent blood tests. 5,833 patients were confirmed to have contacted malaria among them.

On a different context, the Health Minister said that all ministers, who were entrusted with responsibilities of supervising concerned districts over the malaria epidemic, would start visits from Wednesday. “All our elected public representatives at ground level are working in full swing to contain the crisis, he added.

A total of 141 health camps were organized in the state on Tuesday. Over 1 lakh anti-malaria drugs in tablet form are on their way from Karnataka. Anti- malaria drugs will be airlifted from Haryana, Guwahati and Chennai.The drug consignments likely to reach the state by next couple of days.

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