As the state is suffering under the outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), the Assam government has decided to cancel the leaves of all the doctors, para-medical staff and survelliance workers.
Since January, AES has claimed the lives of 49 people in the state. The order was issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department, in order to effectively deal with the situation of rising AES/JE cases.
The government has also decided to rope in private hospitals. The order stated, "Crtical AES/JE patients who are admitted in the ICUs of private hospitals/nursing homes will be extended monetary support of upto Rs. 1 lakh."
Till now, at least 49 deaths and 190 positive cases of AES/JE have been reported since January this year.
(With inputs from PTI)
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