According to the Director of the Health Department, Jammu and Kashmir has seen an alarming increase in dengue cases this year, with over 6,000 reported cases and eight fatalities. With 3,841 confirmed cases, Jammu Division leads the way, forcing health officials to emphasise the significance of proactive prevention.
Breaking down the data, the State Epidemiology official revealed that Jammu district reported the highest number of cases, totalling 3,841, followed by Udhampur (881 cases), Kathua (549 cases), and Samba (349 cases). Other districts, including Rajouri, Reasi, Doda, Ramban, Poonch, Kishtwar, and areas in Kashmir, also reported varying numbers of cases.
Despite the significant rise, this year's count remains lower than the record 8,269 cases and 18 fatalities reported last year. Over the past decade, varying numbers of dengue cases have been documented, with 2021 reporting 1,709 cases, 2019 with 439 cases, and 2020 with 53 cases.
According to media reports, while the official noted a decline in cases, he emphasised the need for preemptive measures in the absence of a dengue vaccine. Out of the 1,911 admitted patients, 1,766 have been discharged, and 67 are still under treatment.
Terming dengue as a public concern, the official advised individuals testing positive for dengue to prioritise rest, hydration, and a diet rich in fruits and vegetables the official further said that there should be a comprehensive prevention approach while dealing with Dengue, including proper waste disposal, the removal of water-holding containers, and the use of insecticides.
The official urged the public to utilise the helpline number 104, available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., for assistance, counselling, and guidance for those affected by dengue. Healthcare professionals emphasised the elimination of mosquito breeding sites, the use of insect repellents, and protective measures such as covering the body and using mosquito nets.
Common symptoms of dengue, as outlined by doctors, include fever, headache, eye pain, muscle and joint pain, rash, nausea, and vomiting. Vigilance and preventive measures are deemed crucial in the ongoing effort to combat this painful ailment.