Malaria-dengue patients increasing rapidly in Sehore district

  • Till now, 46 dengue, 62 malaria and 7 chikungunya patients detected

Chronicle Reporter, Sehore
Like every year, this time too, there is a continuous increase in the number of dengue, chikungunya and malaria patients in the district. The havoc caused by them has increased so much that till now 46 dengue patients, 62 malaria patients and 7 chikungunya patients have been found in the district. However, it is a matter of relief that no new patient has been found since last one week. The department is claiming to have the situation under control, but if there is not enough staff and resources, these preparations and arrangements may prove inadequate.

Even after the rainy season has passed, cases of dengue, malaria and chikungunya have started emerging rapidly. Seeing the increasing cases, the malaria department has become alert and has started searching for larvae in the villages.

Most patients in Budhni area

This year too, malaria seems to be taking a severe form in the Budhni area. Symptoms of malaria have been found in a total of 62 patients in the district. Of these, one each in Ashta, Ichhawar and Bherunda, 3 in Shyampur and 10 in urban Sehore. Maximum 46 patients have been found in the Budhni area. Maximum 16 patients were found here in July also.

Good results of continuous monitoring

This time, the Malaria Department has kept 17 villages which had more dengue and malaria patients in the sensitive category. These villages include Gudbhela, Chapari, Kilerama, Khajuriya Kasam, Khandabar, Sambalkheda, Khatpura, Borkheda, Semalpani, Chakaldi, Satrana, Gopalpur, Semli Jadid etc., in which the situation is normal now. Continuous monitoring and follow up is being done in all these villages, no new case has been reported till now. The department has maximum attention on the urban areas of Sehore, Ichhawar and Shahganj.

Team doing survey in villages

District Malaria Officer Kshama Barve says that the department is continuously conducting surveys to search for larvae in the places where dengue, malaria and chikungunya patients have been found. If larvae are found anywhere, they are being destroyed. DDT spraying and fogging is being done in the villages by the department and the staff is going door to door to search for larvae. District Malaria Officer Mrs. Kshama Barve says that her staff is continuously touring the rural areas and people are being asked to drain the water accumulated in empty pits or tyres. There has been no new case in a week.

Outbreak of seasonal diseases also increases

Not only dengue, malaria and chikungunya are wreaking havoc in the district, weather-related diseases have also caught people in their grip. The situation is that these days patients are reaching the district hospital with complaints of viral, cold and fever. Most of the patients are coming to OPD for treatment of seasonal diseases. Medical expert Dr. BK Chaturvedi says that in view of the changes in weather, people should take special care in their eating habits. In case of fever or cold, one should immediately consult a doctor and get necessary tests done.

Four patients increased to 46 in July

If we talk about last July, there were a total of four dengue patients in that month. One of them was found in Shyampur, one in Sehore urban area and two in Budhni area, while the number of dengue patients has increased to 46 in November. Of these, 6 patients have been found in Ashta, 8 in Budhni, 2 in Ichhawar, 4 in Shyampur and 7 in Sehore, while a maximum 19 patients have been found in Bherunda. Similarly, there were two cases of Chikungunya in July, whereas in November it has increased to 7. Of these, 1 each were found in Ashta, Shyampur and Budhni and 2 each in Sehore and Ichhawar. However, it is a matter of relief that no new case has been reported in the district for a week.

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