Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has launched the communicable disease control drive and Dastak Abhiyan in Varanasi today.
Addressing an event, CM Yogi cited the example of effective preventive measures of the state Government to tackle Japanese encephalitis in eastern Uttar Pradesh. It was the prime example of how combined with efficient health strategy could do wonders.
He said under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, coronavirus cases significantly dropped to the minimum level in the state.
There has been 75 per cent drop in the JE cases and 95 per cent fall in the number of JE deaths since 2017 when my government took up the task to eradicate the menace,” Adityanath said.
“Over the last 40-45 years, the previous governments kept ignoring the need to pay heed to JE, which was prevalent not only in the eastern Uttar Pradesh but 38 districts were also hit by it, claiming thousand of lives,” he said.
The UP Government had established an inter-departmental coordination to control the JE. A special campaign was also launched with the Health Department as the nodal department.
“Recently, a special campaign for the vaccination of JE was started in Lucknow even as we are in the final stage of getting rid of this disease,” Adityanath said.
The chief minister said the Swachh Bharat mission helped a lot in controlling the health hazards simply because cleanliness and health were related issues.
“We constructed toilets and created awareness towards cleanliness, which in turn helped raise our health profile,” he said.
The communicable disease control drive will run from March 1-31, the state government said in a statement.