Dr. Shashi Sudhan Sharma, Principal and Dean Government Medical College Jammu today said that the premier Health Institution was fully prepared to cope up with the situation arisen due to increase in dengue cases.
Briefing the media about the situation, she appealed to the general public to follow all the precautions to save themselves from this fever and said prevention is better than cure.
“Dengue is a mosquito-borne seasonal viral disease that has rapidly spread. The increase in dengue patients is alarming as around 80-90 children and around 50-60 adults with dengue symptoms are admitted on a daily basis and till now five deaths are reported due to dengue fever. The reason for the deaths was that the patients were admitted late in the hospital,” she maintained. She further said that the Dengue mosquito is different from that of the Malaria mosquito and it bites during dawn or dusk & prevention is the best way to avoid it. “To prevent the disease the community has to be aware and responsible,” she said and added that GMC Jammu is fully prepared to cope up with the situation and said that increasing dengue cases are being controlled and all measures are being taken to avoid the spread.
Dr. Rajiv Gupta, HoD P&SM said that Dengue is caused by a virus that is mostly transmitted by the bite of female mosquitoes of the species Aedes Aegypti. He further said that Dengue can have no symptoms or cause only mild illness, but it can also cause flu-like symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands, rash, muscle, joint, or bone pains. To be safe from dengue avoid stagnation of water in any container in your surroundings, he further added.
Dr. Sanjeev Digra, Professor Paediatrics said that children and adults are equally prone to dengue fever but in the case of children, more care is needed because they are more exposed to outside surroundings
Dr Fayaz wani, HoD medicine said that the fever clinic in GMC is going on a daily basis and there is nothing to worry as all the arrangements are made.