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Pradhan blames Odisha govt for Encephalitis deaths

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today said the government's "failure" to take preventive measures to check Japanese Encephalitis had led to the deaths of 50 infants.

"The local government (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 government to bring the disease under control.

"The government of 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.

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First Published: Fri, October 14 2016. 15:32 IST