If the campaign is not carried out, dengue will increase further

Kathmandu - Experts have said that dengue infections will increase if mosquito larvae and larvae are not destroyed in places where dengue infection is more common.

They say that the infection will not be contained in the current situation and the infection may be more widespread in the coming year. They have also expressed their concern that there is no 'search and destroy' campaign to find mosquitoes' flowers and larvae in the valley and other places.

On the other hand, shortage of cetamol has started when dengue infections have intensified. Now Citamol is not available in most of the pharmacies in the capital. The pharmacy operators say that Cetamol has stopped coming for a month.

So far, 11 people have died from dengue and more than 11,000 people have been infected. According to the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD), only 9,226 cases have been observed in 10 high-risk districts. 

Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Makwanpur, Rupandehi, Dang, Dhading, Tehrathum, Kavrepalanchok and Chitwan are at high risk. In those districts, 51 people were diagnosed with dengue for 6 months since January. In the last two and a half months, the cases of infection have increased rapidly.

"Dengue is increasing day by day, but I have not seen a search and destroy campaign in Shantinagar," former director of EDCD said. Baburam Marasini said Spokesperson of the Ministry of Health Dr. Sanjay Kumar Thakur said that a circular has been sent to the federal ministry long ago about the campaign to destroy the flowers and larvae of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

In that letter, it was informed that a committee under the coordination of the ward president would be formed and start a search and destroy campaign inside and outside every house from the ward level. An official of the Ministry of Health said that the municipality in the valley and outside had run a campaign in name only.

"What about other places, even Kathmandu metropolis has not been able to break the cycle of degu infection as a campaign so far," he said.Department of Ayurveda and Alternative Medicine, Head of Monitoring Research Coordination Branch Dr. Prakash Gyawali says that dengue will not come under control until the cycle of pupa from flower to mosquito is broken.

"The government has issued a statement without searching and destroying mosquitoes in tolls or fogging and spraying as needed," he said.

More than 2,500 cases have been found in Kathmandu alone. However, Dr. Metropolitan Municipality has failed to control dengue. Gyawali accused. "Everybody here is suffering from high fever and pain," he said. He said that municipalities are more responsible than the Ministry of Health for dengue control.

Naveen Manandhar, spokesperson of the metropolis, says that they are going door to door in every ward to spread public awareness about dengue. He also claimed to have conducted the campaign.

Head of the Insect Disease Control Branch of EDCD Dr. According to Gokarna Dahal, the primary weapon to control dengue is search and destroy. After analyzing the situation, one can go to the process of fogging. Indoor fogging can be done in many disaster situations,' he said.

In the beginning, EDCD gave an orientation to the officials of the municipality about dengue and for this, the director Dr. Chumanlal Das said. 'We will only give technical advice and support. We have given a budget for this,' he said.

According to him, even though the mosquito that transmits dengue roams inside and outside the house, the larvae and flowers remain in water. This time, the flowers that were saved from being destroyed, there is a possibility that mosquitoes will form again next year when they come in contact with water. A mosquito flower can live for more than 8-9 months.

In 2019, 17,992 people were infected and 6 people died from dengue spread in 68 districts.

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