Bhubaneswar: The death toll of Japanese Encephalitis affected in Malkangiri today reached 43. A two member central team along with a four member state team reached Malkangiri hospital to assess the situation. Secretary Health Department Govt. of Odisha confirmed that 53 were under treatment and 3 under critical condition were admitted in the ICU .
A team of 9 doctors and staff nurses visited the affected villages . 116 are said to be undergoing preventive treatment. 25 people have returned home after being administered with treatment. Central Control Cell at Malkangiri is claimed to be functioning 24 hours, however this reporter was conveyed by patients and their attendents that they had no option but to accept the sub humane treatment and also gulp the arrogant behaviour of the Govt. staff.