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Kerala on a Mission to crush Dengue

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When monsoon had already begun and had paved the way for diseases to spread in Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram had indicated an alarming health situation with increasing dengue cases this year compared to 2022.

 

Kerala has showed a hoisted increase of about 132% in the first six months of 2023 in comparison with the cases in 2022. There were 3,409 confirmed cases and 10,038 suspected cases reported in state from January 1 to June 28. In 2022, the confirmed cases were only 1,472 and suspected cases were held at 4,311.

 

This year the confirmed cases are 12 and 33 are suspected and the number of deaths have increased abruptly. While the minimal number of cases were disclosed in April, in June the dengue cases came to a head and the deaths were 24 and 11 in 2022 and 2021.

 

Cases of scrub typhus and West Nile fever this year, has increased as well compared to the figures recorded last year. 241 case were reported due to scrub typhus where 5 deaths occurred. Only 3 West Nile fever cases has been reported last year which has already raised to 12 this year with one seasoned death.

 

There was an active campaign set-up to eliminate malaria by 2030 in state but despite that the efforts have shown no fruit in the support of the initiation. 143 cases were reported this year compared to 153 and 83 in 2022 and 2021 respectively.

 

With the prevalence of vector-borne diseases on the rise, a joint meeting of the ministers of health, local self-government, and general education was held. However, it wasn’t held until June 22, after the rain had already begun and opened the door for the diseases to move to Kerala. Taking legal action against people who discard trash in public areas and waterways was one of the measures made, among others.

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