BY TC News Desk
Agartala: 3rd August 2023: . The number of positive dengue virus cases has seen a significant increase in Tripura, with the state recording 182 positive cases as of Thursday. Most of the issues have been reported from Dhanpur village, a bordering village located in Tripura’s Sepahijala district.
During a press conference, an Associate Professor from Agartala Government Medical College and a medical team visited Dhanpur and discovered that the Aedes mosquito, which carries the virus, is breeding naturally in the village.
The professor stated, “In Dhanpur, I have personally visited and inspected the village and found that the Aedes mosquito is breeding naturally in each and every house. The breeding of Aedes mosquitoes is increasing due to the storage of water in open places. Many houses have a significant number of Aedes mosquitoes and their larvae in stored water. We need to stop this breeding to reduce the number of dengue cases. Additionally, we have also found Aedes mosquito breeding in rubber plantations.”
Tapan Majumder, the head of the Microbiology department at Agartala Government Medical College, mentioned that they have been continuously monitoring the type of dengue fever.
He pointed that dengue was first reported in the state in 2015 and, until now, primarily affected travelers coming from Delhi, Kolkata, and Chennai. However, the situation has changed, and dengue mosquitoes are now present within the state due to changes in vectors and rapid urbanization.
Regarding the recent cases of Dengue, the Medical Superintendent of GB Pant Hospital, Sankar Chakraborty, informed that 17 patients from Dhanpur were admitted last Saturday. On the 30th, an additional 10 patients were admitted, and on Monday, it was decided to separate them and accommodate them in a dedicated Covid hospital building with 30 beds. So far, over 50 patients have been treated, and 32 of them have been admitted to GB Pant Hospital in Agartala. All admitted patients are reported to be in stable condition.
Dr. Supriyo Mallik, the Director of Family Welfare and Preventive Medicine of Tripura, provided an update on dengue cases in the region. He stated that there were 158 positive cases of dengue in Dhanpur, while around 24 cases were detected in Kanchanmala, Mohanpur, and Bamutia under the West District.
To address the situation, the health department has intensified door-to-door testing and medical camps in the Dhanpur area.