The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has devastated the entire country. In this unprecedented health crisis, people are busy in combating the virus. But, in recent times, a surge of dengue, a mosquito-borne viral infection, has been going on in the capital. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the increasing incidence of dengue poses another threat to the people creating an alarm all over. According to the DGHS sources, 272 dengue patients were hospitalised in the month of June that rose sharply to 1,573 by July 27. The worsening situation of the tropical disease has posed a number of challenges to combat the two diseases simultaneously.
It has been speculated that the co-infection cases would increase in the coming days as dengue season goes in its peak. If this goes on without immediate intervention, experts have expressed concern that we might have to see a dengue crisis like that of 2019, when 101,354 cases and 179 deaths were reported.
Above all, the government should modernise the country’s Mosquito Control Department as part of a vector management policy. Research should be conducted throughout the year to keep the Aedes mosquito population under control.