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Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today said the Odisha government's "failure" to take preventive measures to check Japanese Encephalitis had led to the deaths of 50 infants.
"The local government (Naveen Patnaik government) failed to take preventive measures, and that is the main reason for this kind of alarming scenario in Malkangiri district of Odisha," he told reporters after inaugurating Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited's Green R&D Centre near Hoskote, about 30 kms from here.
Pradhan said the Centre was extending all kind of support to the Odisha government to bring the disease under control.
"The government of India is extending every kind of help. Hope that things areunder control. It could have been prevented by takingpreventive measures. Now, let us see - let us work together toprevent that epidemic," he said.