Updated on: Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 12:23 AM IST

Indore: Health officials on toes as along with Covid, dengue emerges as new challenge

10 cases of dengue found in last nine days
Team surveying for dengue larvae

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Team surveying for dengue larvae | FP Photo


With eight more patients of dengue found in the city in the last 10 days, the health department has alerted the staff to gear up for controlling vector borne diseases along with tackling Covid-19 spread. Apart from releasing an advisory for people, the department has also intensified larvae surveys across the city.

According to district Malaria Officer Dr Daulat Patel, eight positive cases of dengue were found in the last ten days of August with as many as 19 cases of dengue have been reported since January. Nine cases were reported in July and fortunately no death due to the deadly disease has been reported so far.

“Eight cases of dengue were found positive in the city in this month, so far. All patients are stable and some of them were discharged while others are getting treatment in hospitals,” Dr Patel said.

“Over 31,792 houses were surveyed and 1,64,788 containers were checked for larvae in January. Larvae found in 642 containers were eliminated. We are running an awareness campaign but public support is equally important to control vector-borne diseases. Along with taking care of water stored in their surroundings, people should also use mosquito repellents and avoid mosquito bites by wearing full-sleeved clothes,” Dr Patel said.

"We are also fogging in the surrounding of patients’ houses and also distributing medicine to the residents in the area," Dr Patel said

He also added that old people, pregnant women, and children are prone to disease due to weak immunity.

Dengue prevention

As per WHO, method to control transmission of dengue virus is to combat mosquitoes through:

* Preventing mosquitoes from accessing egg-laying habitats by environmental management and modification

* Disposing of solid waste properly and ensure that there is no waterlogging in pots, tyres, coolers, containers

* Covering, emptying and cleaning of domestic water storage containers on a weekly basis

* Applying insecticides to water storage outdoor containers

* Using window screens, long-sleeved clothes, insecticide treated materials, coils and vaporizers

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Published on: Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 12:23 AM IST