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Rapid spread of dengue in Rajasthan puts health facilities to test

India Today logo India Today 27-10-2021 Dev Ankur Wadhawan

Covid-19 is yet to be completely eradicated from Rajasthan and the rising cases of dengue have put additional pressure on the state health department.

In several parts of the state, including the capital Jaipur, Bikaner and Barmer, dengue has spread rapidly. Out of more than 6,700 dengue cases reported in Rajasthan since January this year, more than 4,700 cases have been in the months of September and October itself.

The Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government had announced a 15-day dengue-free campaign following which the ground situation was reviewed by the health department. However, the situation continues to remain grim on the ground.

The state government has asked health officials to ensure fogging of urban as well as rural areas and a ban has been imposed on the leaves of health workers due to the dengue menace.

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At the Sawai Man Singh (SMS) hospital in Jaipur, the biggest government hospital in the state, there has been a sudden spurt in the number of dengue patients. At the hospital, there have been as many as 29 deaths due to dengue this year.

"If we talk about the number of dengue cases this year starting from January 2021 till October 26, the total number of patients admitted is 482 and the death count is 29," Dr Vinay, superintendent at SMS Hospital, told India Today.

"SMS hospital is catering to dengue patients not only from Rajasthan but nearby states as well. So many patients are coming here from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Haryana for better care. The average of patients admitted in 24 hours is around 25-30 this month," he added.

Health experts advise that the spread of the vector-borne disease can be averted by wearing full sleeve shirts, covering body parts, not letting water accumulate.

"As you know, dengue is mosquito-borne. So, we have to take all the precautions. We have to wear clothes that cover our full sleeve shirts, avoid water which is accumulated in your house or surrounding areas, clear your coolers," Dr Vinay said.

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