Shillong, Oct 13: Meghalaya has witnessed a substantial increase in confirmed dengue cases, with a total of 44 reported cases and one fatality. The majority of these cases are concentrated in the low-lying areas of Garo Hills.
While Health Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh assures the public that the situation is under control, she emphasizes the importance of taking preventive measures. Lyngdoh advises individuals with persistent fever to visit the nearest testing center for proper evaluation and treatment.
As of October 12, 7 tests were conducted, with only 2 yielding positive results. Unfortunately, the male patient from West Garo Hills who tested positive for dengue succumbed to the disease. Another individual lost their life due to a brain hemorrhage associated with dengue hemorrhagic fever.
Health Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh affirms, “We have effectively contained the cases, providing appropriate treatment to those affected. We do not anticipate a surge in cases. From October 3 until yesterday, we recorded 44 cases, likely exacerbated by recent floods and heavy rainfall.”
The health department has issued alerts to all districts to adhere to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). They are actively engaging with communities, dorbars (local councils), and other stakeholders. Medical block officers are instructed to promptly respond to identified cases and provide the necessary care.
Dengue, a mosquito-borne viral infection, has become a growing concern in the Indian state of Meghalaya. With 44 confirmed cases and one fatality, health authorities are working diligently to control the spread of the disease, particularly in the Garo Hills region. Dengue is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected female mosquitoes, primarily the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Health Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh assures the public that despite the rising dengue cases, there is no need to panic. She states that the health department has effectively managed the situation and is providing appropriate treatment to those affected. Lyngdoh also highlights the importance of early diagnosis and treatment for individuals with persistent fever, as dengue can be a life-threatening illness if not addressed promptly.