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Curb the menace

The dengue situation in Nepal this year is a matter of concern, affecting almost all districts except Humla. Government data suggests that over 28,000 people have been affected, with 15 unfortunate fatalities. However, health officials believe the actual numbers could be higher, given that many cases go unreported due to mild or asymptomatic symptoms. It’s worrisome to note that this is the second consecutive year we’re facing a dengue epidemic. Hospitals are working tirelessly, and our healthcare system is under immense pressure. Despite this, it seems like the authorities are yet to give it their all.

The fact that dengue has been recurring for several years now raises questions about the government’s efforts. Reports have emerged that some local representatives from the Kathmandu Valley didn’t attend a crucial meeting called by the Ministry of Health and Population to discuss dengue prevention. This negligence isn’t doing any favors to our fight against dengue, and citizens also need to take responsibility by staying vigilant against this vector-borne disease.

Studies suggest that regular insecticides might not be as effective against these mosquitoes anymore. It’s high time we explore new approaches to tackle dengue. Other countries like India and Singapore have been successful in controlling the Aedes mosquito, which carries dengue. They do it through consistent efforts, such as year-round mosquito control and vigilant inspection of breeding grounds.

To contain the spread of dengue, we need to implement these standard approaches. Simple actions like maintaining cleanliness around our homes, disposing of stagnant water in containers, and raising public awareness can go a long way. With the festival season approaching, it’s crucial to prevent dengue from reaching rural areas with limited resources. The government should ensure that every health post has sufficient medicines.

The Ministry of Health and Population plans to set up entomological labs in every province and provide training to health workers. However, this should have been done sooner, considering the alarming rise in dengue cases. It’s time for our authorities to recognize that traditional methods may not work anymore. We need a concerted effort from both the government and individuals to combat vector-borne diseases like dengue effectively.

It’s heartening to see that the Ministry of Health and Population is taking steps to address the situation. They aim to set up entomological labs in every province and equip health workers with the necessary skills. However, we can’t help but feel that this should have happened sooner, especially given the rapid rise in dengue cases. We understand that change takes time, but we need action now.

Let’s take a leaf out of the books of countries like India and Singapore, where they’ve been successful in keeping dengue in check. They’ve been doing it by diligently monitoring mosquito populations year-round and promptly addressing any outbreaks. Singapore even employs a small army of gravitraps, which are cylindrical traps, to catch female Aedes mosquitoes.

But remember, we don’t need to look too far for solutions. Simple actions can make a big difference. Keep your surroundings clean and empty out those flower pots, bottles, and anything else that might collect stagnant water. It’s especially important now as the festival season approaches, and there’s a risk of dengue spreading to rural areas with limited resources.

In the face of this challenge, we must all come together. The government needs to step up its game, and we, as citizens, need to be vigilant. Dengue is a menace that affects us all, and it’s time to prioritize its eradication.

With our combined efforts, we can make our communities safer and healthier. Let’s stand together and put an end to the dengue threat. Together, we can do it!

What is dengue fever?

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne viral infection that can lead to severe flu-like symptoms, including high fever, joint pain, and severe headaches.

How is dengue transmitted?

Dengue is primarily transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes, particularly the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

What are the symptoms of dengue?

Common symptoms include high fever, severe headache, joint and muscle pain, rash, and bleeding. In severe cases, it can lead to dengue hemorrhagic fever or dengue shock syndrome.