Bracing-up against Dengue to Fight the Menace Together

By      10-Oct 2019       Reading Time: 9 Mins

Bracing-up against Dengue to Fight the Menace Together

Each year, an estimated 400 million people are infected with the dengue virus. Dengue fever is an infection caused by dengue viruses, of which there are four different types known to infect humans. Dengue virus is transmitted to humans by a bite from the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal recently launched an anti-dengue campaign from 1st September till 15th November titled- “10 Hafte 10 Baje 10 Minute”. This campaign has surely brought some extreme positive differences in death rates that occurred last year as compared to this year!

Arvind Kejriwal mentioned in one of his interviews, not even a single life has been lost due to dengue by so far this year in Delhi. This initiative taken by his government against the dengue is worth applaud for such striking results.

Dengue in Delhi- The declining graph from 2016-2019
Going back to 2015 there was an intimidating number of cases reported daily in the capital itself. Challenge in that year was to check the spread of dengue along with its preventive measures to be taken by increasing the awareness across Delhi.  Fortunately, a determined political will with the co-operation of citizens did wonders to tame down the number of reported dengue cases in Delhi when compared from the past three years.

From flaring 4,431 cases reported in 2016 to 4,726 in the year 2017 and 2,798 in 2018, it has significantly reduced up to 80% which is quite praise-worthy!

Efforts taken by government stakeholders included health and sanitary departments, RWAs, hospitals, the general public, and schools & institutions that helped in lowering the casualty figures to zero in Delhi this year.

In order to make Delhi the launch pad of a world-class healthcare hub, the government came up with Mohalla clinic in the year 2015. And today, these Mohalla clinics stand at 203 in number that too fully functional and air-conditioned alike private hospital atmosphere distributing 109 essential medicines, conducting 212 diagnostic tests (particularly includes mosquito-borne diseases like dengue and malaria) run by a well-qualified team of health experts.

Arvind Kejriwal Stands by his Government’s Commendable Efforts  Arvind Kejriwal has recently tweeted,

“I am happy to share that the #10Baje10hafte10Minute campaign against Dengue has shown stunning results.

Congrats to the people of Delhi. The number of cases in Delhi so far is just 356, compared to 650 by this time last year. Most importantly, we have not lost a single life yet.” This is something surely worth praising a thousand times!

Throughout this whole campaign, people are expected to dedicate 10 minutes at 10 am on every Sunday for 10 weeks from 1st September onwards in order to ensure, there is no stagnant water left anywhere around the residencies as it can allow the breeding of vector-borne mosquitoes.

Though Arvind Kejriwal’s government is putting all the recourses at its best to beat dengue, it is also necessary to modify lifestyle and maintain the environment around that could possibly curb dengue fever and cut its risk.

Here are a few lifestyle hacks that may save you from vector-borne mosquito’s deadly bite!

Pack your diet with immunity-boosting food: Feeding your body healthy is equivalent to supplying the needed immunity to the body to fight back the seasonal diseases. Whether it’s cold, flu, viral or for that matter mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, a healthy immune system reverses the unwanted bacteria leading to cause harm to the body. So, pack your diet with immunity-boosting foods such as red bell peppers, garlic, ginger, plain yogurt, turmeric, almonds, sunflower seeds, kiwi, and papaya.

Load your stomach with beneficial liquids: Number of beneficial liquids are always suggested to combat dengue due to the high levels of essential nutrients aiding in it boosting immunity. Papaya juice, coconut water, neem juice, goat milk, giloy juice are few super liquids proven to boost immunity while keeping the body healthfully hydrated, by adequately increasing the platelet count and strengthening white blood cells.

 Make sure to indulge in regular exercise: Following a regular physical regime is the most exciting way to keep up with immunity. Indulging in regular exercise induces happy hormones called endorphins which later on leads to enhanced immunity. Therefore, making the body capable to fight off diseases like dengue.

Avoid street foods: Damp weather is the major cause of the rise in dengue and hence, it is advisable to avoid street foods. Since water used in street foods like gol gappa, pakodas, and samosas isn’t saved and may lead to a rise in foreign germs causing indigestion, it better to stay away from street foods. Instead, choose to hog over homemade spicy treats such as corn chaat, masala sprouts and bhel puri.

Precautionary Steps

  • Wear fully covering clothes especially when going out in parks during this season.
  •  Use over the counter repellents and patches when stepping out.
  • Avoid water stagnation in your homes or outdoors.
  •  Avoid visiting mosquito prone areas.
  •  Use insecticide sprays in dark corners (under the bed, sofa and behind curtains) and burn repellent oils inside your home
  • Change water in vases/bowls on alternate days.

The first note to stress over is not letting mosquito inside and around. However, other precautionary steps should be taken to fight off this menacing disease. Being a sufferer from Dengue, I acknowledge the hard work done by the Delhi Government and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. It’s a huge success for the political class.

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