Rising temperatures due to climate change will increase the spread of deadly vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue especially in the Himalayan region, experts said here on Friday while emphasising there was an urgent need to "strengthen" the country's health infrastructure.
Dengue fever is a dangerous and debilitating disease caused by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. But, what's even scarier is that the mosquito-borne disease can affect vision and in rare cases, cause blindness.
With dengue mosquitoes found breeding on the premises of various hospitals here, a team of authorities will inspect the four central government hospitals including AIIMS tomorrow to assess the situation and take remedial measures to check spread of the disease.
Multimedia campaigns, involving resident welfare associations and ensuring adequate stock of dengue test kits in government hospitals are some of the steps that the union health ministry will carry out to keep the vector-borne disease under control this season.
The city today reported its second dengue victim in the death of a 37-year-old woman even as the total number of cases from the vector-borne disease shot to an alarming 277, with over 220 of them being reported in the first two weeks of August only.
As many as 250 new patients suffering from viral fever have been admitted to various medical centres in Bhanwar village of Ghatampur tehsil taking the toll to 550, even as authorities refuted any deaths due to the fever.
37 cases of dengue have been recorded in Ahmedabad in the first week of August even as a sitting judge of the Gujarat High Court has also been diagnosed with the mosquito-borne disease, health officials said.