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:2/13/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 13, 2016 , ... ... Faces and Voices of Recovery, the leading national organization representing the growing community ... candidates for public office to include Family Recovery in policies addressing addiction. ...
(Date:2/13/2016)... Tennessee (PRWEB) , ... February 13, 2016 , ... ... Herrington School of Nursing with an in-kind gift of a VeinViewer® Vision ... students as they learn how to start an IV and draw blood, combining ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... ... Mystic Buddha Publishing House presents Valentine’s Day tips on different forms and ... Dr. Frederick Lenz. , According to Publisher Roger Cantu, “Blue Skies Buddha ... and helping others. Valentine’s Day celebrates love in all its forms, and Blue ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... , ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... 2016 — 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST, http://www.fdanews.com/fixeddosecombination ... life cycle of pharmaceutical products, garnering increased attention from all stakeholders in the ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... The ThedaCare Center for Healthcare ... Hospital on April 5-7. The series is a multi-day, multi-workshop event designed to ... cover a broad range of topics, including coaching skills, the scientific method of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... and SEOUL, South Korea ... Biosys­tems Menarini and Macrogen, Inc. today announced they ... and innovative procedures for precision medicine in cancer. ... Silicon Biosystems, DEPArray™ digital-sorting technology with Macrogen,s high-throughput ... tests certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... , Feb. 12 2016  OMS Supply, a ... and medical practitioners, announced today the recent launching of ... visitors a variety of features that enhance the user ... surgery supplies. --> ... a fairly new company that started in early 2016, ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... 12, 2016 Indiso ... den ungedeckten medizinischen Bedarf bei Lungen- und ... klinischen Forschungsprogramms bekannt. Das Programm, das sich ... ihrer respiratorischen Funktionen und anderer klinischer Parameter. ... Medizintechnikunternehmen, das sich auf den ungedeckten medizinischen ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: