Indore (Madhya Pradesh): With the monsoon having set in, health department officials, on Sunday, sounded an alert on a rise in vector-borne diseases. The department has also pulled up its socks and launched an anti-larvae drive across the city to put a check on the diseases before they turn into a bigger menace.
Chief medical and health officer Dr BS Saitya has also released an advisory for the people to prevent vector-borne diseases. “With the monsoon having set in, there are chances of a rise in vector- and water-borne diseases due to a rise in the mosquito population and consumption of contaminated water,” Dr Saitya said. He added that not only dengue and malaria, but also cases of water-borne diseases resulting from drinking contaminated water might also increase cases of typhoid and cholera.
Meanwhile, district malaria officer Dr Daulat Patel said they had not found any cases of dengue, so far, this year, while four cases of malaria have been reported. “Last year, over 1,200 cases of dengue were reported. We’re launching an anti-larvae drive to check and eliminate larvae from homes and premises,” Patel said.
Steps to prevent vector-borne diseases
1. Do not let stagnant water collect
2. Use mosquito repellant, wear full-sleeve clothes
3. Eat fresh and hot food
4. Keep yourself hydrated, eat Vitamin C-enriched fruits