A 2014 study found that India’s National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme captures only 0.35% of the annual number of clinically diagnosed dengue cases.
When we address the question of reform in public systems, can we not also address the question of reform in human nature?
A total of 632 people died due to influenza (H1N1), while Aedes Aegypti (AES) and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) claimed 279 and 60 lives respectively.
There is a need for greater awareness of the potentially fatal illness, which is misconceived as an exotic disease only affecting people in rural areas and whose symptoms can be mistaken for dengue, malaria or typhoid.
Despite the visibly painful effects of Japanese encephalitis and acute encephalitis syndrome, political parties have not thought of it as an important political issue.
In Malkangiri district of Odisha, villagers and civil societies blame the deaths of a large number of children on malnourishment while the officials attribute them to Japanese Encephalitis and malaria.
Zeroing in on the genesis of the Kyasanur forest disease was, at one point, called “possibly the most dramatic epidemiological detective story of our time.” This is that story.
While JE and AES outbreaks have been reported in at least 20 states around India, officials have continued to remain obsessed with just four.
Doctors and health experts say the rise in the number of cases is due to warmer weather and erratic rainfall, which caused flash floods and thereby water stagnation.
In her first public engagement since breaking her fast, Sharmila reached out to the families evicted by the Manipur government to develop the area for tourism.