Community participation key to control dengue, says health officer
Government cannot reach every household to control dengue, therefore community participation is ‘very’ important to control the disease, said Dr Ravi Prakash Mathur, additional director, rural healthjaipur Updated: Dec 15, 2017 19:49 IST
Government cannot reach every household to control dengue, therefore community participation is “very” important to control the disease, said Dr Ravi Prakash Mathur, additional director, rural health.
Speaking at the daylong day workshop on dengue, attended by medical experts from various parts of the country, Mathur said that active surveillance and anti larvae activities are also important to fight the mosquito-borne viral disease.
Stressing on the community participation, he said people should not allow water to stagnate, regularly clean trays under flowerpots, water tray underneath refrigerator and change water in pots kept for birds.
Dr Paresh Shah, scientist from the National Institute of Virology of Pune, said that earlier dengue would be reported in Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, but now the disease has spread to other parts of the country including Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat. He talked about the kinds of dengue, symptoms and diagnosis in detail at the meet. Dr Shah said that case fatality rate (CFR) of dengue in India was 3.3% in 1996, which has come down to 0.2% in 2017.
Sharing data of the disease, Dr Mathur said that in Rajasthan 4,043 cases of dengue were reported in 2015, including seven deaths. In 2016, the cases increased to 5,292 including 16 deaths and now from January 1 to December 9, 2017, total 8,102 cases have been reported including 14 deaths.
Maximum 2,160 dengue cases were reported from Kota including seven deaths, followed by Jaipur (2,098 including three deaths), Dholpur (610 ), Tonk (317), Baran (294 including a death), Gangangar (274), Bharatpur (256 ), Jhunjhunu (234 including a death) and Jodhpur (222 ). In Sikar, Dausa, Alwar, Bundi and Ajmer, dengue cases ranged between 100 and 200 including a death in Bundi. In other districts, the number ranged between two and 79 including a death in Churu. No dengue case was reported in Sirohi, Dungarpur and Banswara districts.
Mathur said dengue can be confirmed only through Elisa test. Elisa machines are available at 50 sentinel hospitals that include all government district hospitals, hospitals attached to medical colleges and a few private hospitals.