Navigation Links
Encephalitis Survivors Face The Risk Of Becoming Disabled

If it doesn't kill its child victims, it leaves them maimed, paralysed and in a semi-comatose state. And perhaps nowhere is the tragedy of Japanese encephalitis as stark as in this forgotten area where the latest bout of// the disease has killed hundreds.

"Encephalitis kills, but even the survivors are rarely able to lead a completely normal life," admits Dr. K.P. Kushwaha of the Gorakhpur Medical College in eastern Uttar Pradesh, the nerve centre of treatment of the brain fever that has killed 620 people in the state since the end of July.

And that is just the official figure. Unofficial tolls put the number of dead as much higher, with some doctors being reported as saying that thousands had died in the fever.

In the Gorakhpur hospital alone, about 450 children have died of the mosquito borne disease in 40 days.

It hasn't spared the living either.

The wards are packed with children - 380 as against a capacity of only 150 - staring vacantly as they struggle to survive.

Eight-year old Himalaya was admitted to the specially created encephalitis unit, headed by paediatrics professor Kushwaha, about 29 days ago. The drips and life support systems were removed after 20 days.

But the child, who has been reduced to bare bones, is apparently unaware of the world around him.

"Yes, some mental faculties are bound to have got affected and that is why he does not seem to respond. Our focus was on saving his life and there is not much we can do about the impairment," says Dr Bhupendra Sharma, who supervises the ward, helplessly.

There are others like Himalaya.

Harinder was brought to the medical college from Kushinagar about 10 days ago. "He is out of danger, but it is difficult to say when he would become normal," says Sharma.

Likewise, there is little hope that six-year-old Izhar will ever live a normal life. After 24 days in hospital, he has survived the di sease but lost out on life.

"His posture remains abnormal while all locomotive abilities are numb. We are doing whatever is humanly possible, the rest is up to god," says staff nurse Reena Pandey.

The list is long and dismal as authorities struggle to cope with an outbreak of a disease that is easily preventable with a vaccine, and comes back with alarming regularity. Always leaving behind survivors who can't tell the tale of official apathy.

In 2004, the perennially dominant virus - at least for the past 27 years - killed 225 people.

One of those who survived was four-year-old Abhishek, reduced to a vegetative state where he can neither sit, nor move, nor talk.

"The doctors at the Gorakhpur hospital did save his life, but it has been one year and Abhishek is virtually living the life of a vegetable," says his uncle Om Prakash, a labourer in this village on the Gorakhpur-Kushinagar highway.

Abhishek's father and Om Prakash work in turns to ensure that there is always somebody to look after the child as his mother has two other children to attend to.

"We take him periodically to the medical college, but there has been very little improvement. We are also trying to follow physiotherapy as advised by the doctors in the hope that one day he will be able to stand on his own feet."

Whether he can actually do that is a question that even doctors cannot answer. "It is a very unfortunate situation and there is little that we can do about it," said Kushwaha.

So, how many more Abhisheks and Himalayas will Uttar Pradesh have to see before it clamps down a disease that can so easily be prevented? The answer is awaited by the hundreds of children who have survived, but haven't really lived to see another day.

-IANS
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Toll-like Receptor (Tlr3) Attachment Leads To Lethal Encephalitis
2. Encephalitis claims 46 lives in UP
3. Encephalitis Claims 131 lives in Uttar Pradesh
4. Encephalitis Spreads to Nepal
5. Brain Fever or Encephalitis Spreading in North India
6. Encephalitis Death Toll In U.P. Crosses 200 Mark.
7. Encephalitis Deaths Cross 220 in Uttar Pradesh
8. Encephalitis Deaths in Maybe higher than Reported
9. Low Cost Tissue Culture Vaccine For Encephalitis
10. Encephalitis Has Claimed 400 Lives In Uttar Pradesh
11. Uttar Pradesh Encephalitis toll continues to rise - Over 600 dead
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... On June 10-11, 2016, ... the 2016 Cereal Festival and World’s Longest Breakfast Table in Battle Creek, MI, where ... city’s history as home to some of the world’s leading providers of cereal and ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... fertility once they have been diagnosed with endometriosis. These women need a treatment ... also require a comprehensive approach that can help for preservation of fertility and ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn hand gesture animations, FCPX ... Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand Cartoon’s package transforms over ... Cut Pro X . Simply select a ProHand generator and drag it above media ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of the Maryland ... iHire in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. , The Wellness ... & Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire was one of ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Marne, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... awareness about the dangers associated with chronic pain and the benefits of holistic treatments, ... for individuals who are suffering with Sickle Cell Disease. , Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... 2016 Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq: ... Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended ("HSR"), ... Inc. ("Celator"; Nasdaq: CPXX ) expired effective ... As previously announced on May 31, 2016, ... agreement under which Jazz Pharmaceuticals has commenced a tender ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... N.J. , June 24, 2016  Collagen ... the design, development and manufacturing of collagen and ... regeneration announced today that Bill Messer ... and Marketing to further leverage the growing portfolio ... medical devices. Bill joins the Collagen ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Research and Markets has ... 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, Forecasts" report to their ... Electronics, Smart Skin, Structural Health Monitoring, Composite Smart ... electronics involves electronic and/or electrical components and circuits ... structures such as vehicle bodies or conformally placed ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: