Medicos caution against mosquito-borne diseases
Following the abundant rains in Nashik this year the mosquito menace has once again reared its head. As per Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), there have been 48 cases of dengue in July and 117 in August. The numbers have already crossed 25 in the month of September.
The NMC has already initiated steps to control the menace including increased pest control and prevention of mosquito breeding at high-risk spots in the city. Deshdoot Times spoke to some physicians in Nashik to get their perspective on the matter and also obtain advice for the citizens regarding precautions they should take at a personal level.
The first line of defence is to prevent mosquito bite. It is important to keep the surroundings clean. If there are gardens, water stagnation must be prevented. It is also important to throw away unnecessary stuff in the house. These stored items become a hiding place for the mosquitoes. Anti-mosquito spraying daily is recommended. Even ‘dhoop’ used for religious purposes is effective in chasing away mosquitoes, suggests Dr Medha Upasani.
The Ayurved expert doctor also states that people should look out for symptoms which include hi-grade fever for 2-3 days, pain in the eye-ball, body ache. Consult a physician immediately if the fever does not subside. Get a blood investigation done.
Cases of mosquito-related diseases in Nashik are on the increase, cautions Dr Kavita Gadekar, a gynaecologist. She suggests that the primary strategy is to avoid mosquito bite. Old tyres, coconut shell, earthen pots, desert coolers are all typical places where water stagnation and hence larvae formation takes place. She also recommends the use of mosquito nets at night as it reduces chemical contact that happens due to other chemical-based mosquito repellents.
For those going outdoor use of long sleeve clothing and similar bottom wear, along with mosquito repellent, to prevent exposure or application of Eucalyptus oil; as a natural repellent is suggested.
Dr Gadekar warns against symptoms of fever, rashes and joint pain which must be treated immediately and the patient must be kept hydrated, take adequate rest and have nutritious food, she advises.
Dr Neena Dhake also an Ayurvedic doctor also observes that there has been a steady increase of dengue patients recently in the city. Precautions are known to all. When the NMC personnel come to your neighbourhood please direct them to the correct areas because you know your neighbourhood better than anybody else, she suggests.
She also observes that the biggest problem is that the patients don’t take a complete course of treatment.
At the first sign of relief, they discontinue medicines which lead to a relapse of the viral strains. It is best treated the first time, otherwise the symptoms increase exponentially and treatment becomes difficult and recovery is slow, she warns.