Address Dengue fever outbreak fast
As of now, a total of 11 cases of death have been reported due to spreading dengue fever in the country this season. However, following a record of 3,374 cases of infection, the tropical viral disease can take turn into an epidemic causing more deaths, health experts warn. A dengue outbreak usually starts in the month of June and continues up to October. Since there are still about two months to go to be naturally free of infection, it is our expectation that the health ministry would take all preventive measures to contain cases of infection.
Since dengue is a vector-borne disease and spread through Aedes mosquito, countrywide awareness among the masses has become essential to prevent an outbreak. In the past seasons, the government took measures to create this awareness among the people by publishing adverts in newspapers and electronic channels on the ways for prevention. This step has been proved to be rather instrumental -- numbers of patients -- especially in the urban areas -- have significantly decreased compare to last year.
Aedes mosquitoes lay eggs in accumulated clean water in broken containers, refrigerators, household tubs and if multiplying of Aedes is prevented by removing this type of stagnated water plus taking measures against mosquito bites, the risk of the dengue viral infection can be to a great extent minimized. The two city corporations also ought to take mosquito eradication programmes to prevent an epidemic.
Moreover, the city corporations must also ensure that mosquito repellents are regularly sprayed in different neighbourhoods in order to ensure that an outbreak is prevented. Destroying and stopping multiplication mosquitoes thus hold the key to protect public health in the case of dengue.
Consciousness about how an infection can be handled early at home is also very important. The need for an early diagnosis of the disease and taking proper measures can stop the fatal or any aggravated consequences. The knowledge about the symptoms of the disease such as high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, and characteristic skin rashes must be conveyed to people through the campaign programmes. And the government and non-government organizations must jointly work for creating public awareness.
All public hospitals need to be well prepared and properly equipped to deliver the correct treatment to all dengue patients. Since the spread of the disease can be prevented and cases of fatality be avoided, uncalled-for deaths should not be acceptable. Do not repeat past mistakes.