More than one lakh dengue patients have been found across the country in the last few weeksNovember 6, 2021
There has been a rapid increase in the number of dengue patients in India, which has raised concerns among the people and the realization. Dengue is highly prevalent in the states of North India. More than one lakh dengue patients have been found across the country in the last few weeks. The outbreak of dengue had started in September in Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh.
To curb the current outbreak of dengue, the Union Ministry of Health has decided to send a team of experts to nine states and union territories across the country. Officials from the National Center for Disease Control and the National Vector Borne Disease Control Program will guide health officials in those states.
The states and Union Territories to which the teams have been sent include Haryana, Punjab, Kerala, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir. To manage the outbreak of dengue, technical guidance will be provided along with public health measures.
Experts say excessive rainfall this year and inadequate measures to control mosquito breeding could lead to an increase in the infection. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandvia had chaired a meeting in Delhi and directed the health secretary to send a team of experts to states with high dengue cases.
More than one lakh dengue patients have been found across the country in the last few weeks. More than 1,500 dengue cases have been reported in Delhi this year. About 80% of these cases were reported last month. Meanwhile, in Ghaziabad, the number of dengue patients is close to 1,000 and 68% of them came in October. The disease has so far claimed 33 lives in Chandigarh. Dr. Ramit Singh Sambhyal, Advisor and Head of Department, Metro Hospital Noida, told News 9, “On an average, 7 out of 10 patients in the emergency ward are found to be positive for dengue. In a day we find 50-60 patients in the emergency ward, more than half of whom are dengue patients.
According to the WHO, the combined risk of an epidemic and a dengue epidemic is high in populated areas. The corona epidemic in India is not over yet. Vector breeding spots must be destroyed to control the spread of dengue. The fogging done for mosquitoes only kills the mosquitoes, it does not end the breeding.