The number of dengue cases diagnosed across the country since January has surpassed 50,000, according to the National Dengue Control Unit. As of yesterday (4), a total of 640 cases were reported in the last three days of this month alone. Since the beginning of the year, 9,916 cases have been recorded, with June reporting the highest number of cases. Tragically, there have been 31 reported deaths related to dengue this year.
To address this alarming situation, 43 dengue high-risk zones have been identified. The total number of reported infected individuals stands at 49,960 as of yesterday, with the Western Province accounting for 24,930 cases, approximately 49.8% of the overall figure.
Medical professionals emphasize the importance of eliminating mosquito breeding sites to reduce the number of infections. Additionally, they advise individuals experiencing fever persisting for more than 24 hours to seek prompt medical attention from qualified doctors. Delays in diagnosis and treatment after dengue infection can lead to an increase in fatalities.
Doctors further recommend avoiding the use of painkillers other than paracetamol for fever management. It is crucial for the public to heed these guidelines and take necessary precautions to mitigate the spread of dengue and prevent further loss of life.