Mosquito menace: Dengue rampant in Bengaluru: BBMP to take measures to curb source
BBMP chief health officer, Dr Manoranjan Hegde (public health), spoke exclusively to Asianet Newsable about the initiatives undertaken by the civic body to ensure preventive measures are in place to tackle the rise in dengue in Bengaluru
Bengaluru: Bengaluru has recently been witnessing a rise in dengue and vector-borne diseases, reports said. Doctors have been advising residents as well as civic officials to take preventive measures immediately against these illnesses, reports said.
“Aedes egypti is the mosquito genus that spreads dengue fever. The disease prevails in areas that have stagnant water,” said Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) chief health officer, Dr Manoranjan Hegde (public health).
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike has taken an initiative to conduct a survey in 50-60 houses and amidst dengue-affected persons. “We are trying to reduce the sources that let these mosquitoes breed. We are conducting surveys and identifying areas that have stagnant water,” Dr Hegde said.
According to reports, Dr S Manohar, director and head of department, internal medicine, Sakra World Hospital said that 40% of the beds in the hospital have been occupied by patients suffering from dengue, swine flu and viral fever. He said that many are working professionals affected by mosquito-borne diseases. This is the impact of pre-monsoon showers. Reports state that the number of cases will go up once the monsoon gathers strength.
“Anything that collects water should be destroyed, for example, coconut shells that are kept outside. We have four men deputed for fumigation in each ward. We have also arranged for regular spray of larvicide. One vehicle has been arranged for power spraying in major drains,” Dr Hegde said.
According to Dr Hegde, the BBMP has recently published the do’s and don’ts about dengue in newspapers. They have also been distributing pamphlets. They will be arranging sessions in schools to create awareness of dengue among children and parents as well.