Dimapur, December 8: The State unit of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) has allayed fears of the public regarding the recent report on Dengue positive cases in Dimapur. It clarified that so far only 8 samples of Dengue were tested from January 2020 till date and only one tested positive for dengue.
In a press release, Dr I Talitemsula Jamir, Additional Director & SPO, NVBDCP, Directorate of Health & Family Welfare informed that Dengue positive confirmation is done only through Elisa test which is available only in Dimapur District Hospital and NHAK Kohima.
She said the NVBDCP conducts dengue vector study every month in and around Dimapur district and different indices are recorded which refers to the number of dengue mosquito population. As of October and November study in Dimapur, the indices are relatively low. Fogging activities and awareness campaigns are also undertaken in vulnerable localities.
As precautionary measures against Dengue, the NVBDCP appealed to the community/public to remove water in all the containers around the house like flower pot bases, empty vessels, coolers, tyres, buckets etc. because dengue mosquitoes breed in stagnant water and the eggs hatch in a week.
“Keep all water filled vessels and tanks tightly covered and remove any rubbish lying around like plastic cups, old containers, tyres, coconut shells, etc. and to check around the compound every week,” she advised.
The NVBDCP further urged all to sleep under mosquito net during day and night time and give more care to pregnant women and children. Immediately consult a doctor in case of high fever, it advised. (Page News Service)