The Japanese Encephalitis (JE) Virus causes Japanese Encephalitis, which is a leading form of viral encephalitis in Asia, with around 50,000 cases and 10,000 deaths per year in children below 15 years of age. It is a mosquito-borne viral infection of the brain. JE cases are reported from many parts of India but it is highly endemic in parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. Children are the worst affected as most adults tend to attain natural immunity from the disease. JE will be the ITV Foundation's key project, it will work for JE-affected children and try to improve their lives so that they can walk, hear and speak again. The ITV Foundation organised one of the biggest free medical health check-up camps in Gorakhpur for JE patients over three days from June 29 to July 1. Follow-up camps will be held every two months for JE and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) patients.
The ITV Foundation organised one of the biggest free medical health check-up camps in Gorakhpur for patients of Japanese Encephalitis over three days from June 29 to July 1. The camp was inaugurated by Hon'ble Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Yogi Adityanath and was attended by 700 pradhans from various villages of Gorakhpur district.
Medical experts from Medanta Hospital Delhi and Lucknow gave free consultation and treatment to the patients. Medanta Hospital was the principal partner of the camp and was supported by the Indian Medical Association (IMA).
The camp was attended by more than 200 patients and free Dettol kits were distributed to each patient. The Foundation will organise more such camps in Bihar, West Bengal and other Japanese Encephalitis-endemic areas in the future.