Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (MS)
Mangaluru, May 25: Dengue and malaria infections are increasing in Dakshina Kannada district as rains are lashing since the past few days.
Dengue, which was mostly seen in rural areas of Puttur and Beltangady in the last two years, is prevalent in Mangaluru city this year. The rainwater that gets stagnant on the terraces, coconut, arecanut, and rubber farms is producing larvae, which gets converted as mosquito and bites human beings. Awareness in this regard is much required.
In 2019, more than 850 people got affected with dengue and 13 people lost their lives. The cases reduced in 2020 and 2021. However, this year, the numbers are on the rise again. From January 2022 till date 23 dengue and 43 cases of malaria have reported in the city of Mangaluru.
Larvae clearing and cleaning operation is in progress in the campuses of health department, Mescom, PWD, RTO and MCC offices as per the direction of Deputy Commissioner Dr Rajendra K V.
In addition, public has been advised to keep their house premises clean and free of stagnant water, use mosquito nets at home, close windows and doors as the sun sets, clear the stagnant water and go for blood test if persistent fever is seen for four to five days.
Jyoti, district health education officer says, “Cases of dengue and malaria is increasing rapidly in Dakshina Kannada. Positive cases are detected at a fast pace. People have to be more alert. In the city area the pace is more. Public needs to be more aware and take precautions.”