Assam has topped the list at the national level, but for a wrong reason -- both in the number of Japanese encephalitis (JE) cases and the toll it has taken. In 2018, till [26 Oct 2018], the vector-borne disease has claimed as many as 94 lives in the state.
What has led to such a precarious situation in the state? Vaccination is the only cure [prevention] for JE. However, the ground reality in the state remains that there has been no adult vaccination for JE in as many as 8 of its districts. The districts are Baksa, Chirang, Dhubri, Goalpara, Hailakandi, Karimganj, Dima Hasao, and Karbi Anglong. The situation is no better either in 9 other districts which registered below 70 percent JE vaccination. The vaccination drive has so far covered 63 percent in Tinsukia, 68 percent in Sivasagar, 66 percent in Kamrup, 46 percent in Nagaon, 65 percent in Barpeta, 53 percent Udalguri, 48 percent in Nalbari, 50 percent in Bongaigaon, and 48 percent in Morigaon districts.