SRINAGAR: Over 6000 cases of dengue have been reported in Jammu and Kashmir this year so far, while the disease has claimed the lives of eight individuals, health officials said on Saturday.
Quoting a State Epidemiology KNO reported that the highest number of cases, totalling 3841, were reported in Jammu district. Udhampur district followed closely with 881 cases, while Kathua and Samba reported 549 and 349 cases respectively.e were 97 cases in Rajouri, 66 in Reasi, 65 in Doda, 62 in Ramban, 36 in Poonch, 9 in Kishtwar, 26 in Kashmir and 40 from other areas,” he said.
“This year’s count is seen to be less than last year when a record 8,269 dengue cases along with 18 fatalities were registered. According to data for more than a decade, 1,709 cases were reported in 2021, 439 in 2019, 53 in 2020, 214 in 2018, 488 in 2017, 79 in 2016, 153 in 2015, four in 2014, 1 837 in 2013, 16 in 2012, three in 2011, none in 2010 and two in 2009,” he added.
Confirming that the cases are on decline, the officials said, “Pre-emptive measures in the absence of a dengue vaccine and proactive prevention to combat the painful ailment is mandatory.”
He said a total of 1911 dengue patients have been admitted to the hospitals till date and of them, 1766 have been discharged while 67 patients are still under treatment. “Panic is unnecessary but vigilance and preventive measures are crucial.”
The official said that individuals who test positive for dengue should prioritise physical and mental rest, maintain proper hydration, and consume a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
Outlining a comprehensive approach to dengue prevention, he urged people to manage and modify the environment to prevent mosquitoes from accessing egg-laying habitats. “This involves proper disposal of solid waste, removal of artificial water-holding containers, and regular cleaning and maintenance of domestic water storage units,” he said and recommended appropriate use of insecticides in outdoor water storage containers.
The doctor informed about the helpline number 104 for assistance which is available from 9 am to 6 pm everyday. “Positive patients are provided counselling and guidance through the helpline.”