Compliments of the season to all of you, from Bihar in India.
Here cold foggy mornings and chilly nights are already upon us.
I thought I would start this update by referring to the terrible epidemic of Japanese encephalitis in our District, Gaya. This from a press agency (PTI) dated the 8th December 2011.
Suspected Japanese encephalitis, which causes irritation and swelling of the brain, has claimed three more lives since Wednesday, taking the toll to 92 children in Bihar’s Gaya district in the last three-and-half months, an official said.
“Three more children died since the last 24 hours,” an official said Thursday. The children reported high fever, followed by bouts of unconsciousness and convulsions. Most of the children belonged to poor families.
The first encephalitis-related death in the district this year was reported Aug 23.
All the children died at the Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital (ANMCH) in Gaya, about 100 km from Patna, said district health officials.
The hospital’s paediatrics department head, Dr. A.K. Ravi told IANS on phone that till date, 92 children have died due to the disease. More than 395 children with suspected encephalitis were admitted for treatment.
“Most of the children are from rural areas of Gaya and neighbouring districts. Over two dozen children are still battling for their lives,” he said.
Encephalitis is an acute inflammation of the brain resulting either from a viral infection or when the body’s own immune system mistakenly attacks the brain tissue.
I am pleased to report however that our health team has not found a single case in the villages where we work, due to immunisation from the team,and good health advice and communication with our village health workers.
And of course the hot nutritious meal really plays such an important part in maintaining the health and well being of children.
And the vitamin supplements and other benefits to children’s health that this appeal has enabled.
Thanks to your help hundreds of children have enjoyed a healthy hot meal at the cost of just one US dollar per meal. As senior practice nurse for the project I can personally vouch for the joy happiness and proven health benefits these meals bring for these very poor children.
Thank you all so much for your kindness.
the photo shows that other key factor for health, clean water. The children are washing thier plates from a deep bore water pump paid for by another ongoing appeal on Global Giving, "Clean water in village India!
May you and your family have a wonderful New Year!
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