Monday, 8 August, 2022

Dengue epidemic

Persistent attacks, recurring defeats

Persistent attacks, recurring defeats

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When dengue threatens us with the likely outbreak of an alarming proportion, a comparison between corona pandemic and this vector borne disease under discussion may be interesting. The former with its novel virus – able to mutate every now and then – had no precedence in known human history. The whole of the human race, with no idea about the nature of the virus, its mode of contamination and means to fight it, was caught complete unawares of the surging pandemic, claiming heavy tolls in terms of lives and livelihood. However, thanks to untiring human efforts, the pandemic has now come under control.

On the other hand, we have a lot of firsthand experience and knowledge as to when dengue disease spreads, who are the carriers, and when and how the vectors breed. These ideas could be of some help for us in the fight against the fever. But the agonising truth about this is that still there is no specific treatment for the disease; we are repeatedly attacked by it but our defeat in the fight against it is also recurring. It is a pity indeed.

Obviously we will have to suffer until and unless science finds a suitable antidote to the disease. But what about preventive measures we could have taken? The mosquito that spreads the germ from person to person has been identified accurately; how these tiny tyrants multiply is no more a mystery now. What our authorities and masses in general have done so far to destroy its breeding grounds? The answer to this question lies in the fact that an inter-ministerial meeting was held only yesterday to control explosion of Aedes mosquitoes, after the dengue season is already well-advanced, as a result of which hundreds of dengue patients have been admitted to hospitals and a good number of them succumbed to the disease. As is always the case, we are accustomed to lagging behind incidents, and not usually the creator of events. Have we taken any independent research initiative in hand to find out an effective treatment for the disease? To the best of our knowledge, the answer is a big NO. Are we standing in the queue of customers once the remedy is found out by others? This time the answer is emphatically positive.