DENGUE is once again one of the most discussed issues of the city dwellers. City hospitals are being crowded by dengue patients. The situation is described as dangerous.
This is rather an annual concern. In every rainy season the city people experience this threat. People have greater awareness. Yet some deaths were reported in the city hospitals. The city authorities have many things to do to remove the threat.
Although general people keep their surroundings clean, the preparedness of the city corporation to face the menace has slackened. There is no visible anti-mosquito drive and people are apparently oblivious of the measures like not retaining water in flower vases or any empty container to deny opportunity for the breeding of aedes mosquitoes.
The bad thing is that most hospitals are not really well-equipped to manage the disease which can turn fatal if timely medical support is not provided to patients.
The City Corporation has to launch a vigorous anti-mosquito drive, targeting the areas known as breeding grounds of aedes mosquitoes. There is the need for awareness-building which proved to be effective in the past.
Although we should not be panicked, but we should have all preparations. The hospitals should open dengue units to handle the situation. It is obvious that dengue visits us almost annually. The city authorities must concentrate on how this painful malady can be eradicated.