Hi folks, there has been a new development in the past few weeks: the rise in patients who are getting Dengue Fever. This can be life threatening and there have already been about 45000 deaths from Dengue Fever in India in the past few months. These are the official figures; the actual ones are likely to be much higher.
This Fever as you may know is Viral in nature and is spread through the bite of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito that bites during the day.
The symptoms are similar to that of a regular viral fever, but Dengue can turn serious if Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever develops, with rashes, bleeding, and a severely low platelet count, less than 30,000, in which case immediate hospital admission is required.
The warriors are doing Fever screening from home to home, explaining the reasons for spread, getting civic officials to undertake anti larval spraying measures in the open drains, making sure there is no stagnant water around, and encouraging the use of mosquito repellent creams.
Complete Blood Counts are done for all suspected patients, and further investigations for NS1 Dengue Virus Antigen Test are carried out.
One of our dedicated warriors Yuvraj from Ekta Vihar, suddenly died of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever a few days back. It was so tragic; he was just 22 years old, and had been working hard to fight Covid in his community as well as get 12th grade school leavers admitted to university. All of us at Asha were shocked. The entire team went to visit his family. No one knew he was ill, it all happened very quickly. We are all so very sad.
We have been making even more serious efforts to fight the disease after the passing away of Yuvraj.