The administration is closely monitoring the incidence of dengue, which historically peaked between September and October coinciding with the onset of the northeast monsoon, Lt. Gov. Tamilisai Soundararajan said on Wednesday.
The lieutenant governor, who reviewed dengue preparedness at the Rajiv Gandhi Government Women and Child Hospital (RGGWCH), told media that although there are six beds dedicated exclusively to dengue cases, the institution has the ability to add more beds if needed. For children, dengue posed a much greater threat than COVID-19, and one of the preparedness measures in managing the mosquito-borne disease was to be prepared for blood transfusion and components, as some patients could face a rapid dive. in the platelet count.
However, there was no need for the public to panic as all efforts were being made on the fronts of treatment, surveillance and prevention, the lieutenant governor said.
“It is remarkable that there have been no child deaths from dengue fever at RGGWCH in the past ten years,” she said.
In terms of prevention, efforts are being intensified jointly by the health services, persons with disabilities and the local administration to maintain hygiene and to raise public awareness of public participation in the elimination of breeding sites of Aedes aegypti mosquito species. “It is important to empty water receptacles in households,” added Ms. Soundararajan.
The lieutenant governor said the education ministry was taking all necessary steps to reopen the schools and a decision would be made soon.
Stressing that only less than 3 lakh of people had not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine, she urged them to be vaccinated without delay to ensure that the entire eligible population of the Union territory is covered by at less one dose as soon as possible.
The national vector-borne disease control program has been operational in Pondicherry since 2003. In its current form, the NVBDCP is a framework program targeting malaria, dengue, chikungunya, Japanese encephalitis, lymphatic filariasis and visceral leishmaniasis, a serious parasitic infection also known as kala azar (black fever). Of these, five are spread by mosquitoes while black fever transmitted by sandflies has not been reported in Pondicherry.
Traditionally, the Union territory has experienced a sharp increase in dengue cases during the September-October period coinciding with the onset of the northeast monsoon. This year, there have been a total of 475 cases so far, health officials said in a briefing with the lieutenant governor.