Dengue fever has resurfaced: Govt

Dengue fever has resurfaced: Govt

Dengue, which was under control till 2012, has again resurfaced since last year, posing problems in urban and semi-urban areas, according to Department of Health & Family Welfare Principal Secretary N Sivasailam.  

Addressing the World Health Day at Bangalore Medical College, he said change in water storage practices and developmental activities has lead to health issues in urban and semi-urban areas. 

This year, World Health Organisation has declared World Health Day theme as: Vector borne disease: 'Small  bite, big threat.'  He explained that though the disease had posed problem, the health and family welfare department took quick action to control the outbreak and prevented deaths due to dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome. 

Besides, he said in 26 districts, screeing for Dengue and Chikungunya viral infection was done free of cost. 

In addition to the same, it will be extended to four more districts, he said. Karnataka had achieved the 2013 target mentioned in National Health Policy with respect to Malaria and Japanese Encephalitis. “In 1995, 2.85 lakh cases of Malaria were reported and in 2013 it was 13, 302 cases. The same indicates reduction in 78.7 cases.

 Not a single death has been reported from past three years,” said Sivasailam.  Private hospitals also organised various health programmes to observe World Health Day. 

Hosmat Hospital organised free orthopaedic and fat analysis camp between 10 am and 2 pm at the hospital premises for benefit of patients. HCG MSR Cancer Centre, unit of Healthcare Global Enterprises Ltd, on Monday, launched the first ‘Agility Synergy’, an advanced radiotherapy technology. The same was inaugurated Prof C N R Rao.

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