Kanchanpur: The incidence of dengue infections in Kanchanpur has been on the rise over the past few weeks, according to local health authorities. The Health Office reports that within a span of two months, 118 individuals have been diagnosed with dengue disease, and tragically, one fatality was recorded a few weeks ago.
On August 12th, 28-year-old Hikmat Bahadur Khatri, a resident of Belauri Municipality, succumbed to dengue during his treatment at Nova Hospital in Dhangadhi. Siddharaj Bhatt, Malaria Inspector at the Health Office in Kanchanpur, expressed concern, stating, "Cases of infection have been detected throughout the district, suggesting a recent surge in dengue infections."
Among the reported cases, the majority have been identified in Bhimdatta Municipality, with 88 confirmed dengue cases. Other cases have been confirmed as follows: 12 in Mantra Hospital, seven in Dodhara Chandni, five in Rehabilitation, two in Beldandi, and one each in Belauri, Krishnapur, Shuklaphanta, and Bedkot. The influx of patients has placed additional strain on Mahakali Provincial Hospital, where medical professionals have observed a notable rise in fever-related cases.
Dr. Arjun Bhatt, Acting Medical Superintendent of the hospital, remarked, "We are witnessing an increased number of patients with various ailments, including dengue, scrub typhus, typhoid, and snakebites." He also highlighted the importance of mosquito control efforts, noting that stagnant water on rocks can foster Aedes mosquitoes, which are responsible for transmitting the dengue virus.
Dengue, a viral disease transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes, typically manifests with symptoms such as high fever, headaches, and muscle and joint pain. The local health authorities are actively engaged in efforts to manage and contain the spread of dengue infections within the region.