Presence of Dengue egg alarmingly high in Dmu

DIMAPUR, SEP 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/7/2018 12:40:01 PM IST

A recent entomological survey and inspections carried out in various localities in Dimapur found out that the percentage of House Index which indicates the presence of dengue eggs and larvae was alarmingly high. 

According to Dimapur District Vector-Borne Officer (DVBO) Dr. Imtiwabong Aier, the high rate of House index suggested that there was a high risk of transmission and increased cases of dengue.

Dr. Aier disclosed this at an inter-sectoral meeting on dengue held at DC’s office Dimapur on September 4. The meeting was part of the campaign to fight against dengue and other vector-borne diseases.

DVBO said the primary focus in fighting dengue was source reduction since fogging kills only the adult mosquitoes and not the eggs and larvae. 

Community participation, he said was the need of the hour to reduce the breeding sites and prevent the increase of dengue cases in Dimapur district. Dr. Aier appreciated the support of Rotary Clubs for assisting in fogging and dissemination the message on dengue and malaria in the past two years. He also appreciated DMC for spraying Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) in the past.

Also, speaking at the meeting, NVBDCP state programme officer, Dr. Talitemsu, said that there were mainly three vectors found in Nagaland namely Dengue, Malaria, and Japanese Encephalitis (JE). She said that the cases of malaria have considerably gone down over the years. However, Dr. Talitemsu said the cases of dengue have increased. 

Highlighting the scenario of vector-borne diseases in Nagaland and Dimapur district in particular, he expressed hope that such a meeting would bring about good resolutions to prevent vector-borne diseases in the district.

At the meeting, ADC Dimapur, Albert Ezung, pointed out that dengue cases have increased in Dimapur, but there had been no death reported so far. 

He said health department in the district has been carrying out various activities to curb the menace, but there was a lot of work to be done. 

Recent flooding of the urban areas due to waterlogging and drainage clogging affected the people, ADC said, adding that there were concerns of a high chance of disease outbreak. “We need collaborative efforts to combat dengue,” Ezung said and stressed on community participation to achieve desirable results. 

Further, the ADC emphasised the need for identifying responsible people from every community, train them and give them the responsibility and accountability to educate their respective communities on dengue and other vector-borne diseases. He also suggested sensitising them on the preventive and curative aspects of the disease. He said collaborative efforts of the government and the public and various NGOs can curb the menace.

The programme was chaired by DVBO Dr. Imtiwabong Aier, and vote of thanks was proposed by CMO Dimapur Dr. K. Vikato Kinimi. The meeting was attended by deputy director Neisakho, UVBDS assistant director, Kikolul Khieya, and representatives from Rotary Club, DMC, Dimapur Christian Forum, staffs under SPO and CMO offices and Dobashis.


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