The annual dengue epidemic is peaking and sufferers are pouring in to the tricity’s hospitals. Figures available from the UT Nodal Officer for Dengue indicate 118 cases from Chandigarh alone 118. When patients from outside the city are added in, the figure rises to 187. The majority of the cases are from Mauli Jagran, Hallo Majra, Maloya Colony and other slum areas of the city.
The Nodal Officer said all three city hospitals are fully equipped with medicines and doctors to tackle the patients. Moreover, these medicines are administered free of cost. He claimed that Health Department volunteers are going door to door to tell people what they must do to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Dengue is spread by mosquitoes.
Neighboring Mohali is likewise beset by dengue. Dr Rajiv Challa, Senior Medical Officer of the Phase Six Civil Hospital said that he has 100 confirmed cases and about another 100 cases of suspected dengue. Bhalla mentioned elaborate arrangements to tackle the disease and he too warned people to take steps to prevent mosquito breeding. However, data from the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme reveals that in 2011 33 people died of dengue. The number of dengue deaths in the state has been steadily on the rise since 2007. In Panchkula, out 33 suspected cases, 7 are confirmed as dengue.
Doctors strictly warn against self medication. If you have fever consult a doctor, and complete the treatment he prescribes. In some people, dengue is moderate and goes away on its own after a few days of fever depending on their immunity. To protect yourself from dengue, wear full sleeved shirts or kurtas, and use repellent creams and mosquito coils.
Dengue is spread by the bite of an infected aedes Egypti mosquito. The symptoms include high fever, severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash and mild bleeding.