Uttar Pradesh doctors want encephalitis to be a part of school curriculum
A team of doctors from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh has demanded the inclusion of encephalitis and its preventive measures in primary and secondary school syllabus.
The campaign has been started because it was found that acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) has 30% death rate, which is higher than any other disease in eastern Uttar Pradesh.
Dengue and other diseases have been included in the syllabus and it is important that students are aware of the preventive measures of encephalitis as well.
Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain tissue. The most common cause is viral infections. It can caused by bacteria or fungi in rare cases.
AES can be prevented through basic measures like personal cleanliness, keeping hair and hands clean, drinking clean water, keeping piggeries out of residential areas and others.