Kamrup metro district has been found to be highly endemic to the disease following which health officials have asked city residents to take necessary precautions to prevent dengue. Officials said this during a programme organized in the city on the occasion of ‘National Dengue Day’ on Thursday.
The function was organized by the district health society, the National Health Mission (Kamrup) with support from the state National Health Mission at the Guwahati Refinery High School in Noonmati.
Noonmati happens to be a highly dengue endemic locality in the district with many cases being detected here every year. About 700 people attended the programme.
Speaking on the occasion, joint director of Kamrup (metro) district health department Ganesh Saikia said, “The Kamrup (metro) district is highly endemic to dengue as 90% of the total cases in the state were reported from this district last year. Therefore, it is necessary that the public also take necessary precautions to protect themselves from the disease that has no complete cure. However, no dengue-related deaths occurred in the district last year.”
Social worker and ward member of the area Manoj Nath said, “It is true that the Noonmati area witnesses several cases of dengue every year. I appeal to all the residents here to rake necessary precautions and also consult a doctor immediately if he or she suffers from any dengue-like symptom. Timely treatment goes a long way in curing an ailment.”
Joint director (malaria) Umesh Phangsu explained various symptoms of dengue to the participants.
“People should keep their surroundings clean and not let water collect in tubs and other containers. Containers should be kept covered as the dengue transmitting mosquito larvae breed well in water stored in such containers. Rainwater harvesting containers in the house should be cleaned on a weekly basis,” said Phansu.