With Dengue season on, GHMC and DHMO roll out preventive steps

With a high number of Dengue cases being reported this season, Health and Municipal Department officials are on alert. They said cases usually increase between August and December. As was the case until July, the highest number of Dengue cases continue to be reported from urban districts of Telangana - Hyderabad , Rangareddy and Medchal.

According to statistics from the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), out of 1,571 cases reported from January 1 to August 10 across the State, 420 were detected in Hyderabad, 240 in Rangareddy and 142 in Medchal.

Seasonal spike

District Malaria Officers said compared to the January-July period, the number of cases had gone up between August and December 2018. For instance, in Rangareddy, a total of 399 cases were detected throughout 2018. Of this, 119 were from January to July, and the rest 280 were from August to December.

This pattern was discussed during a recent meeting between the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner M. Dana Kishore and District Medical and Health Officials (DMHO) of the three urban districts.

Preventive health camps

“To avoid the trend this year, preventive steps are being taken. We will conduct 20 health camps per day for 10 days starting from August 16. Besides, anti-larvae operations, fogging will be conducted too,” said K.V. Swarajya Lakshmi, Rangareddy DMHO. Similarly, 25 health camps per day would be organised for Hyderabad.

Rapid Fever Survey

Rangareddy District Malaria Officer A. Ram Babu said when a case of dengue comes to their notice, they collect blood samples from people living in 50 homes around the patient’s residence to check if they too are suffering from any disease. “This is called Rapid Fever Survey. Measures are taken to kill adult mosquitoes. In case of a dengue suspected case, samples are collected from 20 homes around the patient’s residence,” said Dr. Ram Babu, who addresses all vector borne diseases.

Officials said while the GHMC staff will conduct anti-larvae operations, the health department will go door-to-door enquiring if anyone is suffering from any disease. Tests are conducted, and medicines are offered. The staff will also check if water has been stagnating in any vessel, or other places where mosquitoes could breed.


Total number of dengue cases in Telangana from January to August 12 -- 1,571 (Data from NVBDCP)

Highest number of cases

District Number

Hyderabad 420

Rangareddy 240

Medchal 142

> In 2018, dengue cases spiked from August to December

> This year, 20-25 health camps per day to be organised in vulnerable areas to detect diseases

> Anti-larvae operations, fogging, dry-day to be organised.

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