New Delhi: With a spurt in dengue cases due
to the onset of monsoon, there is finally some good news with
government data reporting that the fatality rate for the
disease has shown a consistent decline every year since 2008.
The Case Fatality Ratio of dengue was 1.7 per cent in
2008, 0.6 per cent in 2009 and to 0.3 per cent in 2010. In
Andhra Pradesh, the CFR has come down to nil in 2010 from 4.9
per cent in 2002, the data said.
In 2006, the total number of deaths reported were 1,707
which has been reduced to 1,144 in 2009, a senior Health
Ministry official said.
The National Health Policy 2002 has set a goal of
achieving reduction of mortality on account of dengue by 50
per cent by the year 2010.
For the prevention, treatment and control of vector-borne
diseases including dengue, Malaria and Kala-azar in the
country, the ministry is implementing National Vector Borne
Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) under the overarching
umbrella of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).
The main components of the strategy for NVBDCP are
integrated vector control, early case detection and complete
treatment and behaviour change communication.
The number of dengue cases has seen a spurt with the
onset of monsoon with only the capital reporting 68 cases in