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Two more dead in malaria epidemic, death toll reaches 52
Two more dead in malaria epidemic, death toll reaches 52
PHOTO : Malaria Patients at GB Hospital,Agartala. Friday. TIWN Pic June 27

Agartala, June 27(TIWN): Two more deaths from malaria were confirmed from kanchanpur sub-division in Norh Tripura district on Friday, raising the death toll to 52.

Speaking to reporters at the civil secretariat here today,  Tripura Health Minister Badal Choudhury said that 8,984 patients underwent blood tests across the state today; 1,674 out of them were diagnosed with malaria parasite. Out of 1,229 patients admitted in different hospitals across the state today, 682 were confirmed to have contacted the disease.
Tapanjoy Reang (5) and Braiha Reang (4) from Jalirrampara in Manu Chailengta of Kanchanpur sub-division were confirmed to have died from malaria, the minister said.
Choudhury visited interior villages of Longtraivalley sub-division earlier today. He was accompanied by Director of Family Welfare, Director of Preventive Medicine Dr. KL Bhowmik,  District Magistraten (Dhalai) Milind Ramteke, Sub Divisional Magistrate,  local MLA and others.
There were no deaths reported from Sepahijala, Gomati and Unakoti districts till date.
Asked about key concerns faced by the health department, the minister said that lack of community participation in availing institutional treatment in time is posing a serious trouble.
"Our grass root level workers, elected public representatives and others are working to bring the maximum population under hospital cover", he said.
Choudhury further said that the outbreak was largely contained in most areas of the state by Friday.
A total of 60 thousand 876 patients were subjected to blood tests since the malaria outbreak across the state.

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