VISAKHAPATNAM : With a sudden spike in the number of suspected dengue patients approaching the King George Hospital (KGH), the authorities have provided mosquito nets to the patients in the wards as a precautionary measure to control further spread of the infection.
The decision was taken after 36 new suspected dengue cases were reported at the KGH. Although no dengue deaths were reported this month, the authorities have taken up the preventive measures during the monsoons when the life threatening infection is more likely to spread through Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.
M Madhusudhan Babu, KGH Superintendent, said that six mosquito nets have been provided to the suspected dengue patients in the hospital on Monday. “This will help prevent the spread of the disease as the virus spreads through mosquito bite,” he said, adding that people need to be aware of this virus and its long-term impact. They should be more careful during the morning and in the evening before when the chances of getting the infection through mosquito bite are at the peak , he added.
According to district medical and health officer J Sarojini, there has been an increase in the incidences of dengue, especially in the Agency area this year, when compared to the previous year. The total number of cases recorded since January 2016 306. Out of this, six cases are from the tribal areas, 72 from rural areas and 228 are from urban, she said.