Dengue has so far claimed 68 lives this year
With close to 8,000 hospitalizations and 22 deaths in September alone, dengue continues to wreak havoc on the lives of the people and on our already overburdened health care sector.
Dengue has so far claimed 68 lives this year but, according to authorities, there were no dengue-related deaths in the first six months, which means that this is a recent phenomenon that must be dealt with.
The real threat that dengue poses is not only on the mental, physical, and financial burden it will impose upon the people but also the strain that it will put our health care sector through -- a health care sector that is barely recovering from the influx of Covid-19 cases we saw all year.
What we need is to find a permanent solution to the dengue problem by carrying out drives across all neighbourhoods and ensuring that mosquitoes which carry the disease are eradicated.
A significant part of the problem remains that many continue to be unaware of the protocol when it comes to preventing disease-carrying mosquitoes from laying eggs, so community action must be taken into account by engaging community leaders and ensuring that awareness, especially within communities which are mostly neglected.
We need to see dengue as a constant threat and, as such, must carry out certain drives and health directives in regular intervals throughout the year to ensure that outbreaks such as these are prevented before they can occur.
This must continue to be the priority moving forward if we do not want the numbers to continue to balloon up as they have so far, and to ensure that the people of this country are safe and healthy.