No reason to panic but concerted efforts needed to tackle Dengue

Jorethang, 11 Oct [IPR]:

In view of the increasing cases of Dengue in Jorethang, Nayabazaar area, Principal Director Health Services had sent a team of doctors including Pediatrician, Medical Specialist and Programme Officer from Namchi District Hospital visited Jorethang Community Health Center yesterday.

The team interacted with the Joint Director cum Senior Medical Officer in-charge and other medical officers of the CHC. During the discussion, the doctors deliberated upon the present scenario of the dengue outbreak and reached a conclusion that there was no apparent reason for panic among the public.

More than 28 cases of suspected dengue were reported initially from Jorethang and its surrounding areas including the neighboring Singla Bazaar of West Bengal.

However, the cases of fever were gradually decreasing since the past few days and the majority of patients visiting the CHC for medical consults were from West Sikkim and the adjoining areas of Darjeeling.

Additionally, it has been reported that there has been no death attributed to Dengue fever so far. Only three people have tested positive for Immunoglobulin M (IgM) tests for Dengue in the last two days.

During the inspection the specialists examined all the patients admitted at Jorethang CHC. Out of the nine admitted patients only three were suspected to be suffering from dengue. So far all the cases have been efficiently and effectively managed by the Jorethang CHC staff.

However the public has to be aware that Dengue is now here to stay. It is further compounded by the fact that the adjoining plains of West Bengal have repeated dengue outbreaks year after year. Hence, it will require sincere and concerted effort from people, civil societies and rigorous implementation by civil administration if it is to be controlled in the future. It may also be stated here that there is no treatment/cure for dengue. Therefore, safety and precautionary measures are imperative to avoid dengue.