Navigation Links
Assam’s Malaria Death Toll Rises To 75, More People Affecte

Malaria has claimed 75 lives in Assam and the health authorities said that more than 300,000 people are affected by the epidemic//.

"So far 75 people have died of cerebral malaria since the disease struck in the state in the beginning of April," Assam Health Minister Bhumidhar Barman told IANS.

Malaria has been detected in other northeastern states too, but fatalities have been reported only in Assam, which has a population of 26 million. The worst-hit eastern district of Lakhimpur has reported nearly 30 deaths and up to 150,000 affected.

The fatalities are high in Assam because many people are visiting quacks and sorcerers to treat the parasitic disease caused by the bite of the anopheles mosquito.

Ratneswar Payeng, an elderly Assamese, was suffering from high fever for the past 12 days and was shifted to a hospital Wednesday in Lakhimpur, about 400 km east of Guwahati.

"Initially we thought someone in the village had cast some evil spell on our father. We approached the local priest and performed various rituals, including sacrificing a hen to ward off the evil spirit from his body," Payeng's son Borgoram told IANS.

Payeng's health condition deteriorated as the priest failed in his attempt at curing the 70-year-old tribal. Doctors at the hospital where Payeng was later shifted to said his condition is critical.

"We are at a loss to find a large number of people still going to quacks and sorcerers to treat a sick person rather than bringing them straight away to a doctor," the health minister said. "The delay in bringing a person to the hospital complicates the illness and is one of the reasons for the fatalities."

Superstitious beliefs, black magic and demonology are integral to tribal custom in parts of Assam, Tripura and other northeast states. "Our health workers are now working overtime in spreading awareness in rural areas not to be wooed by quacks or sorcerers, and instead approach a doctor or come to the hospital when someone is sick," Barman said.

The northeast is known as "malaria zone" with the disease claiming an estimated 500 lives annually. At least 230 people died in Assam last year of malaria. The dangerous malaria season lasts three to four months beginning in mid-March. Cerebral malaria is the severest form of the disease and can cause seizures, comas and other problems.

Health officials in adjoining Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland said there were cases of malaria in their region too, but it has not assumed an epidemic proportion like in Assam.

--Edited IANS
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Malaria strikes Munger tribals
2. Sponging Cattle betters spraying in eradicating Malaria
3. Gene researchers make Malaria-resistant mosquito
4. More Treatment Options For Malaria
5. Scientists Unveil Mechanism Behind Resistance to Severe Malaria
6. Jharkhand reports 13,000 Malaria cases
7. Researchers Discover Protein That Causes Malaria
8. Malarial gene ascertained
9. Artesunate Is Better For Malaria Than Quinine
10. New Strategies For Effective Treatment Of Malaria
11. Chloroquine and Primaquine combination Malarial drug for resistant parasites.
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:12/2/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 02, 2016 , ... ... edition of "Cardiovascular Health" in USA Today, which covers the innovative treatments, therapeutic ... health while maintaining fulfilling lives. “We are prolonging life 6 years in the ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Sourced from the Isbre Springs beneath the 5,000 year old ... purity of just 6 ppm TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) in addition to its excellent ... in several ShopRite and FoodTown stores in NJ and received rave comments from consumers. ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) , ... December 02, ... ... in digitally-enabled care journeys, announced today that it has raised $6.0 million in ... are inspired by Clarify Health’s conviction that patients and their caregivers can receive ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... 2016 , ... ‘Tis the season for giving! Today, 20 creative teams across ... Partnership and the Drug Enforcement Administration as part of the National Red Ribbon Week ... schools who decorated their campuses with this year’s Red Ribbon Week theme: “YOLO. Be ...
(Date:11/30/2016)... ... 30, 2016 , ... Standard Process, Inc. is proud to ... recognition of the largest closely held companies headquartered in Wisconsin. This marks the ... Standard Process was awarded the Talent Award for providing outstanding employee benefits. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/2/2016)... , December 2, 2016 ... "In Vitro Diagnostics/IVD Market by Product (Instruments, Reagents, ... Application (Diabetes, Oncology, Cardiology, Nephrology, Infectious Diseases) - ... market is valued at USD 60.22 Billion in ... a CAGR of 5.5% during the forecast period ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... 2, 2016 On Thursday, December ... excellence in research, development and innovation in the biopharmaceutical ... was held in the presence of Sergey Tsyb, Vice ... Russian Federation , Natalia Sanina, First Vice Chairman ... , Head of Roszdravnadzor, National Service of Control in ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... -- bioLytical Laboratories, ein Weltführer bei schnellen Tests für Infektionskrankheiten, ... von Kenia eingeführt. Continue Reading ... ... (PRNewsFoto/bioLytical Laboratories) ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161201/444905 ) bioLytical wurde durch die Clinton ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: