Dengue spreads across 57 districts, urgent call for awareness

Published On: May 24, 2024 06:51 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, May 24: With the start of rainfall, the cases of dengue have started increasing. As many as 57 districts have now recorded the infection.

Chief of Vector Control Section at the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division of the Ministry of Health and Population, Dr Gokarna Prasad Dahal, shared that the risk of dengue disease has increased as people have started collecting rainwater in pots and buckets with the start of rainfall, and since mosquitoes breed in such water.  

A total of 904 dengue cases were detected in 57 districts. Dr Dahal urged everyone to adopt precautions to be protected from dengue. 

A total of 51,143 people suffered from dengue infection in all the 77 districts last year. He said that after identifying the risk-prone areas, the Division had already asked 33 local governments to run a campaign to kill mosquitoes

High-fever, headache, body pain, joint pain, among other health issues are the symptoms of dengue. The ministry has urged people to sleep under a mosquito net, wear full-sleeve clothes, and keep the house surroundings clean to be protected from mosquito bites. 

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