Jammu, 27-09-2023: The Jammu division has recorded more than 1742 cases of dengue, which has shown an increasing trend in the past fortnight in the region, prompting authorities to take steps to deal with the mosquito-borne viral infection.
The workers of DOGRA FRONT & SHIV SENA under the leadership of President Mr ASHOK GUPTA took out a rally demanding improvements in the sanitation services as dengue cases are on the rise.
Mr Gupta said 146 cases were reported from Kathua and 150 cases from Samba district. In other districts, there are dengue 31 cases in Rajouri, 16 in Reasi, 68 in Udhampur, 14 in Poonch, 17 in Doda, 2 in Kishtwar, 13 in Kashmir, and 13 in other regions.
The majority of cases are reported from three districts of the Jammu region -Jammu, Samba, and Kathua, they said.
This is a viral infection, we have to understand how it happens.
The increase in dengue cases can be attributed to various factors, including favourable weather conditions for mosquito breeding, a higher mosquito population, and increased human exposure to mosquito bites.
Every year, as the monsoon begins to wane, it stirs up an old scourge: dengue fever. But what has startled the country and public health experts this time is the timing when cases of dengue fever began to appear and the rate at which the illness swept the country.
This monsoon season has presented an imminent threat to public health. It is crucial that we don’t solely rely on individual efforts to combat this crisis. A comprehensive approach is vital, which includes intensifying city-wide fogging to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds and conducting meticulous dengue testing among individuals.” He called upon the authorities, particularly the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC), to escalate ward-wise fogging operations to control mosquito proliferation and halt further dengue transmission.
The party president further underlined the necessity for extensive dengue testing and provision of appropriate medical care for those affected. Health authorities should closely monitor the situation and ensure essential medical attention. He also urged authorities to identify and eliminate mosquito breeding sites in critical areas of the city. Foci of stagnant water and dumping sites, including the one at Manda supervised by JMC, demand urgent and thorough cleansing.
He appealed to the authorities of JMC to sustain and intensify public awareness campaigns, enlightening citizens about dengue prevention measures and the significance of maintaining hygienic surroundings. The loss of a life due to dengue is a tragic reminder of the urgency of this situation. We cannot afford to wait! Every ward must be meticulously sanitized, and mosquito breeding sites eradicated to safeguard public health.
At last he urged the government to act promptly and decisively in this public health emergency. He stated that the people of Jammu & Kashmir are relying on the authorities to take swift and effective measures to contain the dengue outbreak and prevent further loss of life.
The party people who were present at the time of the protest were Narinder Tangri, Ashish, Rahul, Akshay, Kunal, Prem, Bimla, Sunil and various others were present.