Encephalitis deaths have dipped by 99% now: Yogi Adityanath | Varanasi News


GORAKHPUR: Chief minister Yogi Adityanath said on Sunday the steps to tackle encephalitis taken by his government and massive improvement in cleanliness under Swachh Bharat Mission have helped cut the death rate of the disease by a huge margin.
Addressing an event on the sixth death anniversary of Mahant Avaidyanath Maharaj at Gorakhnath temple, the CM said, “In Gorakhpur, at least 600 children used to die due to AES every year between 1977 and 2017. After we came to power in 2017, several people joined Swachh Bharat Mission. Only six children died due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Gorakhpur this year, which means we have controlled over 99% deaths.”
“The Swachh Bharat Mission of PM Narendra Modi brought huge change in the life of people and east Uttar Pradesh is a good example of it. The sharp decline in patients and deaths due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), Japanese Encephalitis Syndrome (JES) and other vectorborne diseases after 2017 is due to implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission by BJP government,” Yogi said.
Sharing memories of his guru, Yogi said, “Mahant Avaidyanath always cared for cleanliness. He used to check every nook and corner of Gorakhnath temple every morning and evening and ensured the campus remained very clean.” “He never tolerated anything which divides Hindu society or country and used to speak openly against it. He was peethadhishwar for 45 years and always believed that Gorakshpeeth is not only for Puja-Path (worshipping) but also for welfare activities, and inculcating virtues and dutifulness in people,” Yogi added.
The CM said Mahant Digvijaynath and Mahant Avaidyanath devoted their entire life for the welfare of people and took active part in struggle for Ram temple and it is a big thing that its construction is beginning after 492 years.

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