May 16th is observed as National Dengue Day to create awareness on prevention of Dengue. It is a vector-borne viral disease is caused by the day bite of aedes mosquitoes. They breed in stagnant water and takes 7-12 days for it to complete its life cycle. Dengue is proven to be deadly, if infected. It is a preventable disease if appropriate measures are taken.
TIGS partnered with the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the local municipality and participated in the awareness wakathon from Mahatma Gandhi Road to BBMP office,Bengaluru. ASHA workers, ground level PHC staff, health authorities, government and private hospitals doctors, epidemiologists and several NGO’s were in attendance.
It is found that dengue is prevalent in Bengaluru city and is seasonal, where majority of cases are reported during rainy season. Researchers at TIGS are working with BBMP Special Health, to identify mosquito larval breeding sites & come up with solutions & reduce the dengue disease burden of the city. As of now there isn’t any vaccine or anti-viral treatment regime for Dengue and its prevention is the best available option for us.