How 3 Diseases Are A Major Annual Danger
- Monsoon typically leads to water-logging, which is the villain behind the spread of major vector-borne diseases like malaria, dengue and chikungunya
- The diseases are rampant in Delhi, which has reported 50% new instances of malaria and 400% rise in cases of chikungunya between 2014 and ’16
- The need of the hour, experts say, is a new system that can counter pathogens from becoming stronger
- India does chart out ways to resolve the issue, but their implementation mostly fall short of the requirements
- Rural India has below-par PHCs and CHCs, where accurate and prompt diagnosis seldom happens
- There have been some progress in vaccines for dengue and chikungunya, but they are mostly at the test stage. Malaria already has a vaccine.
As monsoons enter upcountry, Dr Rajesh Kumar’s day in the hospital begins much earlier than usual. At 8 in the morning,...