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Even as the country battles rising cases of the deadly COVID-19 infection, the Uttar Pradesh Health Minister on Tuesday said that the state is on high alert over a sudden Dengue outbreak. Talking about preparedness, the state's Director-General, Health, Vedvrata Singh has asserted that Uttar Pradesh has the required medical infrastructure to counter the outbreak of dengue but the key to prevention was in the hands of the people.
"There are 70 labs in the state with the facility of dengue testing at the moment and another 88 labs are being developed. Rapid Response (RR) teams have been formed at the block level that will take immediate action. Earlier such teams existed at the district level. At the same time, fever health desks have been established in every hospital," Singh was quoted as saying.
Talking to the media, Director, Communicable Diseases, AK Singh stated that as of now we do not have any medicines or vaccines to treat dengue. However, the key to stopping the spread or containing the virus from infecting people lies in the hands of the common people. "Remain vigilant, do not let mosquitoes bite you," he said.
Vikas Singhal, Joint Director, Vector Borne Diseases (VBD), said that people usually take fever lightly which costs them dearly. "If the fever persists, the patient should get tested for dengue. Upon diagnosis, a high fluid diet should be taken along with medicines," he said, adding that patients should be saved from dehydration.
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(With inputs from IANS)
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