The Centre on Saturday warned of the Serotype-II dengue cases. They urged states to take necessary measures for the prevention and control of dengue and other vector-borne diseases.
During the high-level meeting with states and UTs to check the COVID-19 situation. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan also highlighted the emerging challenge of Serotype-II dengue cases in 11 states. It is associated with more cases and more complications than other forms of the disease.
As per the official statement of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bhusan suggested the states undertake steps like early detection of cases, operationalization of fever helplines, and adequate stocking of testing kits, larvicides, and medicines.
The Union Health Secretary also recommended the deployment of rapid response teams for prompt investigation. Also necessary Public Health Action like fever survey, contact tracing, vector control, alerting blood banks for maintaining adequate stocks of blood and blood components, especially platelets.
They requested states to undertake IEC campaigns regarding helplines. Methods of vector control, source reduction at homes, and symptoms of dengue.
States reporting serotype – II dengue cases. Including Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana.
They directed states to ensure all necessary precautions. Effective enforcement for the avoidance of mass gathering and congested closed spaces. The health secretary further warned the states to maintain proper COVID curbs and resources in their districts.
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