A 10-year-old boy from Odisha has written a letter to PM Modi appealing for help after Japanese Encephalitis claimed the lives of many in villages there.
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a potentially severe disease and is caused by a virus spread by infected mosquitoes in Asia and the western Pacific. The virus is one of a group of mosquito-transmitted viruses that can cause inflammation of the brain.
In the letter, the student Umesh Madhi asked PM to come to their village and see how children are dying.
“Save our lives. Many of my friends have died of Japanese fever. You are roaming around the globe. Can’t you come over to our village and see how children are dying here,” Umesh Madhi, a student of class four of Polkanda Primary School under Sikapali gram panchayat, wrote in the letter. He further described the ordeal of parents who lost their children to Japanese Encephalitis and added that the Prime Minister was their last hope.
As many as 73 children lost their lives to the diseases. It has affected 505 villages in the tribal-dominated Malkangiri district in Odisha .
Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Nruparaj Sahoo, who is currently in Malkangiri to monitor the situation, said the situation had not improved as much as they had expected it to. “The situation remains grim even as the district administration has taken all possible measures to check the outbreak,” Sahoo told reporters.