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Before the fever spreads

  • Published at 05:40 pm September 5th, 2018
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In scenarios such as these, it is important for health officials to be prepared

The mosquito-borne dengue fever has struck again. 

Due to sporadic rainfall, mosquitoes have subsequently found suitable environments to spread the virus. 

The consequences of this have already been felt: At least 10 people have lost their lives to the disease, while, since January, almost 3,000 people have been infected by the virus. 

The Directorate General of Health Services has already warned that while there is no possibility of a chikungunya outbreak, there is a chance that the dengue outbreak could be bigger this year.

This is in large part due to the accumulated waste and dust in conjunction with dirty water which allows for Aedes mosquitoes to breed. 

In scenarios such as these, it is important for health officials to be prepared, so that more lives are not lost to the outbreak, and more do not have to suffer as a result of the spread of the disease. 

But what is important, in the long run, is prevention, and in this regard, both the government and the people have parts to play. 

The DG has already has already asked citizens to keep their homes and adjacent areas clean, while experts have emphasized the need for authorities to destroy the larvae responsible for the spread of the dengue disease and, more importantly, raise awareness amongst the people. 

What we need, instead of finger-pointing, is a concerted effort from the authorities concerned to ensure that the disease is not allowed to spread, and to do everything possible to increase public awareness of the risks of dengue, and what precautionary measures can be taken.