Thursday, February 22, 2024

NVBDCP issues advisory for prevention, control of dengue

National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), Health and Family Welfare Department, has issued advisory for prevention and control of dengue—the viral infection, which spreads through the bite of an infected female mosquito and could prove to be deadly in severe cases.
In a press release, H&FW joint director and NVBDCP state programme officer (SPO) Dr. Neisakho Kere stated that onset of monsoon creates favourable conditions for the breeding of mosquitoes, particularly aedes aegypti species, which transmits the dengue virus.
SPO stated that there was no specific treatment of dengue and it was important to get proper medical care when diagnosed with the disease.
In the event of a dengue outbreak and also to prevent the same, the NVBDCP has appealed to the public to follow the following measures: use insecticide repellents; use mosquito nets (LLIN) daily during day and night time; wear long sleeve clothing/long pants; avoid stagnation of water in and around the house, tires, flower pot bases etc besides unclog drains and cover water tankers to curb mosquito breeding.
NVBDCP also appealed to the public to observe ‘one dry day in a week’ where water in all the containers around the house are emptied out into a dry area.
Stating that fogging was just a temporary intervention, NVBDCP has called for community participation in controlling Dengue mosquito, which it said was the only permanent solution.
In case of fever, one could immediately visit the nearest hospital.
Dengue fever is a viral tropical disease that is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Dengue mosquito bites during daytime mostly early morning and evening. When a person is infected by the mosquito, the virus circulates in the blood for 2-7 days which is the amount of time the fever takes to develop.


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