22 deaths due to encephalitis have been reported in the past five days in Gorakhpur, say officials.
This has been done to ensure that the health department is present in full strength to attend to the growing number of patients, the health department official said.
Officials also said the number of encephalitis-related deaths in the region were more or less the same as compared with the previous year, but there was a spurt in their numbers post the Phallin cyclone in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh coastal regions, which also led to heavy and continued rainfall in Gorakhpur and neighbouring regions.
Officials also admit that the government's efforts to contain the disease have failed, resulting in the death of hundreds of people in the past few years. Seven districts of the region are severely affected with the encephalitis strain.