Dengue virus spreading faster in rural, semi-urban parts of state

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Nov 2018 11:24:47


Staff Reporter,


Unplanned growth, poor water storage practices and lethargy of health department as well as administration are fast turning other areas of the district especially urban parts into a dengue hotbed. Already in months of July to October, dengue claimed over 50 lives and affected over 1000 people in all parts of the district.

Now again it has attacked twin cities of Durg and Bhilainagar and affecting so many people of all age groups. Even owing to shortage of beds in most of the hospitals, many patients are undergoing treatment at home by visiting their nearby hospitals regularly and go through blood tests twice in day to get details of their platelets.
It is learnt that in last fifteen days, over 290 new cases of dengue was reported at all parts of the district even in rural areas too. Most of the hospitals are witnessing full occupancy of dengue patients in their beds and as a result it would become difficult for authorities of all hospitals across district to admit new patients and as a result majority of new patients are getting treatment at OPD of hospital and have to visit hospital as well as pathology department regularly to know their blood platelets. When it comes to the most affected areas, Supela and Bhilainagar township of Bhilainagar Municipal Corporation have emerged the worst hit as many cases of dengue have come up in these affected areas. Similarly in many other areas of the state, where dengue affected common masses are of many wards in Durg city, rural parts of the state like of Patan as well as Dhamdha.

‘Water scarcity is one of the key reasons for the steep rise in dengue cases this year. In many parts of the district, people tend to store water which often remains unchanged and uncovered, providing ample ground for dengue vector Aedes Egypti mosquito to breed and spread’ said Dr R Sharma, one of the senior doctors in the district.

Low awareness about dengue fever, life cycle of its vector, disease causes and prevention are also at the root of rising cases in the many parts of state. ‘Villagers practice preventive measures, which are inadequate. Earlier after outbreak of this disease, health officials with the help of social organizations, were using mass media tools to spread awareness. But owing to forthcoming state election and nomination procedure for it, now health department stopped their all activities regarding awareness to people against dengue and now administration does nothing in it.

Dr Sudama Chandrakar, acting chief medical and health officer of the district stated that ‘After the peak in July, August and September, the cases of dengue have come down in the last one month. We have started to observe mosquito breeding destruction day on every week’ he informed.

But figures and facts of dengue as well as patients proved wrong all claims of health department in controlling of this disease. Now after some urban parts, this disease is entering into rural parts too and hundreds of people have been affected by this disease.

‘Dengue virus is entrenching faster in the rural and semi-urban parts of the state. The main reason being rapid urbanization and careless regarding cleanliness of the area’ pointed Dr R K Puri, medical expert of vector borne diseases.