Agartala: The deaths in a malaria outbreak in Tripura have risen to 41, including 31 children, a minister said here yesterday.
Over 22,000 people have fallen ill in the tribal-dominated mountainous areas of Dhalai, Gomti, Khowai, North Tripura and South Tripura districts.
“At least 41 people, including 31 children, have died and more than 22,000 others have fallen ill since the first week of this month. Of the 22,000 ill people, malaria germ was found in the blood of 3,215 of them,” Tripura Health and Family Welfare Minister Badal Choudhury told reporters.
All the affected people have been admitted to various government hospitals in five districts, he said. However, sources in the health department said the unofficial tally stands at more than 60 dead and 30,000 ill.
A team of malaria experts from the union health and family welfare ministry led by Awadesh Kumar arrived here yesterday to supervise the situation and advise the state government on how to deal with the outbreak.
The union ministry will this week send another four-member expert team, led by the regional director for malaria, Satyajit Sen, to study the outbreak of malaria in the state, Choudhury said.
The minister along with medical experts has visited the malaria-affected areas several times. “Several medical teams are working in the disease-affected areas. SOS has been sent to Tripura officials in Guwahati, Kolkata and Delhi to urgently send adequate quantities of medicines,” he said.
Chief Minister Manik Sarkar Saturday at a series of meetings with doctors, officials and ministers reviewed the situation. He asked his ministers to rush to the malaria-hit areas and stay there till the situation improves.