Dengue amidst heavy rainfall: A growing concern

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Last Updated on July 13, 2023 by Shabnam Sengupta

Monsoon is here and heavy rainfall has started. These rains bring relief against the hot weather. But, they also bring a lot of diseases and illnesses along with them. One of the most dangerous diseases among them is dengue. In recent decades, there has been a significant surge in the global incidence of dengue. Reported cases to World Health Organization (WHO) have witnessed a remarkable escalation, rising from 505,430 cases in 2000 to 5.2 million cases in 2019.

Heavy rainfall and waterlogging: A breeding ground for mosquitoes 

One of the most common sources of dengue is mosquitoes. Heavy rainfall in India leads to waterlogging in a lot of regions, especially in urban areas. This creates a favourable environment for the mosquitoes including Aedes, the primary vector responsible for transmitting dengue. Stagnant water, often accumulated due to inadequate drainage systems, becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Various sources contribute to the increase of mosquitoes including water-filled potholes and improperly stored water containers, increasing the dengue threat.

General Physician Dr Kahsyap Dakshini

On the increasing numbers of dengue cases during the monsoons, Dr Kashyap Dakshini, General Physician, said, “It is a common trend to see a rise in dengue cases in the rainy season, and this year is no exception. There has been a significant rise in dengue cases recently, post the commencement of the monsoon season. We are seeing a good number of patients with fever, most commonly dengue and malaria on a daily basis.”

Impact on public health

The consequences of dengue outbreak are severe, resulting in widespread illness and sometimes even death. According to a report by National Center for Vector Borne Diseases Control, more than 2 lakh dengue cases were reported out of which over 300 died in 2022. The actual number of dengue cases often remains underreported since a lot of cases are asymptomatic or present with mild symptoms that people manage on their own. Also, the misdiagnosis of dengue as other fever-related illnesses further adds to it. The burden of dengue-related hospitalisations and healthcare costs puts additional strain on the already overburdened medical infrastructure.

Prevention and mitigation strategies

To mitigate the challenges of dengue burden in India, there are several steps that we can take:

  1. Raising awareness about dengue prevention
  2. Enhancing sanitation infrastructure, including waste management, sewage systems, etc., to eliminate the scope of mosquito breeding
  3. Implementing efficient water management system, proper draining, and addressing waterlogging issues
  4. Engaging local communities, government bodies, healthcare professionals, and non-governmental organisations to facilitate the implementation of preventive measures.

Dengue, due to waterlogging as a result of heavy rainfall and inadequate sanitation, continues to pose a serious health challenge in India. We need comprehensive efforts that involve improved infrastructure, public awareness and proactive measures to fight against it. All stakeholders must come together and prioritise the battle against dengue to ensure a healthier future for India. 

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Shabnam Sengupta
Shabnam Sengupta
A journalist with six years of experience in newspapers and news websites, and a history of working in the education management industry, Shabnam's expertise lies in analysing and finalising the content. At THIP, she handles the desk, interacts with writers and ensures perfect copy for stories and features.
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