‘Pigs from outside Delhi carriers of Japanese Encephalitis’

December 22nd, 2011 - 1:27 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) Voicing concern over rising cases of Japanese Encephalitis, Delhi Health Minister A.K. Walia Wednesday said that pigs being brought to the national capital from outside were found to be carriers of the virus.

Walia at a meeting underlined the need to regulate slaughtering of pigs in Delhi. “It is estimated that around 300 pigs are being slaughtered daily. There is also a need to keep an eye on rearing of pigs,” Walia said.

Walia added that 81 samples taken in November from pigs that were brought from other states showed 17 to be carriers.

The pigs were brought from Gurgaon and Indore.

The government said it will help in regulating the exercise of slaughtering of pigs resulting in better healthy conditions.

The government has decided to make available diagnostic facilities in eight more hospitals which are: Lok Nayak Hospital, Hindu Rao Hospital, Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital; Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital, Sanajy Gandhi Memorial Hospital and Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya. This facility is already available in three hospitals namely Babu Jagjiwan Ram Hospital, Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital and Mahrishi Balmiki Hospital.

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