IMPHAL, March 26, 2018: The Zeliangrong Youth Front (ZYF) has expressed pain and sorrow over the death of four young children due to an outbreak suspected to be measles at Phoklong village in Manipur’s Tamenglong district.
“It is learnt that sixty to seventy children are still suffering from the illness,” stated a press release from ZYF president, Titus Kamei.
The Front demanded the Manipur State government to extend necessary financial assistance to families who lost their children and to the children who are still suffering “so as to meet the medical treatment costs as per provisions at the earliest and to recover as soon as possible.”
It further stated that the Manipur State government should not neglect the villages, especially Phoklong, which is located in the interior of Tamenglong district. “Rather special attention should be given with specific measures and arrangement to tackle in the event of such an alarming situation,” it affirmed.
“The untimely death of those innocent children due to such epidemic outbreak could have been averted had the State Govt. adopted specific remedial measures to tackle with the onset of warmer season since this type of epidemic is common in the interior areas,” ZYF maintained.
It also noted that the condition of some of the children are serious and need special attention.
“It is saddening to see that there is no plan on the part of the State Govt. to evacuate and treat those children who are still suffering from the illness and also no specific steps such as extending financial assistance to next of kin and necessary assistance to those suffering children whose families are economically poor,” the youth body added.
It was also informed that the village authorities have closed down the schools in the areas for the last few days fearing that more children may suffer if children mingle with each other.
Meanwhile, the Front lauded the medical team from the District Hospital, Tamenglong HQ for visiting the village two times and also for conducting necessary medical treatment with distribution of medicines to the children who are suffering from the illness.
Source: Morung Express
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