Awareness Campaign against dengue virus launched

Multan. The Deputy Commissioner Multan Nadir Chattha has instructed the district officials to initiate mass awareness campaign regarding dengue virus in different areas of city to sensitize people to adopt precautionary measures in this regard.

Following the directions of chief minister Punjab, The Deputy Commissioner directed to constitute committees in different areas of city to aware the people about dengue virus. Addressing a meeting in deputy commissioner office here on Monday Mr.Nadir Chattha said,  the officials of administration should initiate mass awareness campaign, how to follow precautionary measures to avoid dengue virus. District administration officials should meet locals of the city area he added. Additional commissioners and other officials were also in attendance in the meeting.

Deputy commissioner said, he and his team would not take a sigh of relief until the elimination of dengue virus and that all available resources will be utilized in this regard. DC directed the officials to visit homes and commercial areas in city along with teams. He said people to take extra-care in this regard. However, he clearly said the virus could not be wiped out until and unless the stuck water is not covered properly as it depends upon people to prevent themselves from this virus. He said that administration will fog in homes in most parts of city.

He appealed residents of the city to cooperate relevant authorities to prevent the dengue virus otherwise its complete prevention would not be possible without their patronage. He claimed the campaign in this regard will be remained continue till the prevention of dengue virus.

It is worth mentioning here that the dengue virus is expected to spread out in the city as no strong campaign against dengue virus has been initiated by the district administration. Teams constituted to prevent the people from dengue virus are not working properly.

In different areas of the city like New Multan, Sharif Pura, Hasan Abad and others, dengue virus is expected to be spread out. Dengue (pronounced Dengue) fever is a painful, debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses.

These viruses are related to the viruses that cause West Nile infection and yellow fever. An estimated 390 million dengue infections occur worldwide each year, with about 96 million resulting in illness.

Most cases occur in tropical areas of the world, with the greatest risk occurring in: Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease that has rapidly spread in all regions of WHO in recent years. Dengue virus is transmitted by female mosquitoes mainly of the species Aedes aegypti and, to a lesser extent, Ae. albopictus. This mosquito also transmits chikungunya, yellow fever and Zika infection.

Dengue is widespread throughout the tropics, with local variations in risk influenced by rainfall, temperature and unplanned rapid urbanization. Severe dengue (also known as Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever) was first recognized in the 1950s during dengue epidemics in the Philippines and Thailand. Today, severe dengue affects most Asian and Latin American countries and has become a leading cause of hospitalization and death among children and adults in these regions.

There are 4 distinct, but closely related, serotypes of the virus that cause dengue (DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3 and DEN-4). Recovery from infection by one provides lifelong immunity against that particular serotype. However, cross-immunity to the other serotypes after recovery is only partial and temporary. Subsequent infections by other serotypes increase the risk of developing severe dengue. Mohammad Rizwan Awan