13 people died of scrub typhus in Himachal

Shimla: Thirteen people in Himachal Pradesh  died of scrub typhus , a bacterial infection , so far this year as compared to 21 deaths last year, a health official said on Saturday. As many as 1,456 people are suffering from the bacterial infection in the state so far this year, whereas 1,940 people were affected last year, Special Secretary (Health) Dr Nipun Jindal said.

During a two-day review meeting of eight northern states and Union territories on the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme  in Shimla, the efforts of Himachal Pradesh in effective prevention and control of communicable diseases, especially in containing scrub typhus, were appreciated, Jindal said.

Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, and Delhi participated in the review meeting held on Friday and Saturday with the main objective of analysing the programme’s achievements set against the central government’s targets.

The participants agreed to share data for effective prevention and control of epidemic-prone diseases in the northern region, said Jindal, the mission director of the National Health Mission, Himachal Pradesh.