-by Ankana Mitra
Every year with the arrival of monsoon, there comes countless problems like damp, moisture, waterlogging, multiple diseases and the list goes on. Out of many problems, dengue emerges as one of the biggest problems this season. Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease and is spreading like a wildfire especially in India. The Dengue virus is transmitted by female mosquitoes mainly of the species Aedes aegypti and, to a lesser extent, Ae. albopictus.
Let’s talk precisely about our national capital, Delhi where dengue has become the new normal. The first week of September itself saw 30 dengue cases, taking the overall number of this season to 122. Delhi recorded the worst-ever outbreak of Dengue in 2015. With an unnerving number of cases over 15,867 cases and 60 deaths, the task at hand for all the stakeholders was daunting.
However, the cases have declined since the Aam Aadmi Party led by Arvind Kejriwal came into power from 15,867 cases of dengue and chikungunya in 2015 to 2,798 cases in 2018 and 75 cases so far in 2019. There has been around 80% reduction in the cases, which is quite exemplary. The government is taking measures to eliminate it from the ground level. But still a lot needs to be done. We all have to become a little aware and support the government in eradicating Dengue.
Here are some of the practical measures that help you keep away from this terrible disease:
- Don’t keep stagnant water: Stagnant water is the breeding ground for Dengue mosquito. Hence, it is important for every one of us to empty & clean all the utensils, pots, containers, buckets, tubs, tanks, coolers, etc., at least once a week. If you keep plants in your home, then you should ensure that water does not store in the pots.
- Use a good quality of mosquito repel: This is one of the basic methods through which you can protect yourself and your loved ones from getting a victim of dengue. Using a good quality of mosquito repellent machine and not just during the day but also in the night. Wherever you are, indoor or outdoor, don’t forget to apply a skin-friendly mosquito repellent cream to that area that is exposed.
- Wear long clothes: To avoid dengue, you must cover your body as much as you can. Try to wear loose clothes like a shirt with long sleeves and trousers which can drop the chance of being bitten by the dengue mosquito.
- Keep your doors and windows close: To prevent the entry of dengue mosquito, you should keep your doors and windows close. But every time this idea will not work because it hinders the ventilation of your house and you feel suffocated after some time. For this, you can use net to cover your windows and doors.
- Place a Tulsi plant near your window: In modern times, this can be a “did you know” fact for some of us that a Tulsi plant near the window or within your balcony can naturally prevent the entry of mosquitoes. This natural mosquito repellent can easily keep your space safe.
- Regular spray of pesticides in your surroundings: The favorite breeding place for mosquitoes is the dark spaces. Hence one must identify these places in your home and in nearby areas and spray anti-pest sprays every alternative day to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from dengue attack.
In addition to these above-mentioned measures, the Delhi Government has launched a program called 10 Hafte, 10 Baje, 10 Minute – Har Ravivar, Dengue Par Vaar” for 10 weeks, asking Delhiites to take out 10 minutes at 10 o’clock every Sunday to check their houses and surroundings for any mosquito breeding spots. The campaign was launched on 1 September. This indeed a great campaign only if we participate actively and support the government to eradicate dengue from the roots.