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Good intake of fluids, complete bed rest helpful in dengue: Civil Surgeon
Specific drinks and fruits like goat milk, coconut water, kiwifruit do not increase platelets
Mohali, November 28, 2023 : The District Health Department has once again appealed to the district residents to not let water stagnate anywhere in and around their homes and to wear full body covering clothes. Civil Surgeon Dr. Mahesh Kumar and District Epidemiologist Dr. Subhash Kumar said that although the weather has cooled down, everyone still needs to be vigilant for the next 15 days for protection from dengue fever.
They said that mosquito prevention measures should be taken and whole body covering clothes should be worn. If for some reason, dengue fever occurs, there is no need to panic. The patient should visit the nearest government health facility where dengue test and treatment is absolutely free.
The civil surgeon said, ‘It is important to understand that many are simple fevers that can be treated at home. Normally, platelet count goes down with most of the viral fevers and all the viral fevers should not be taken as dengue fevers. In case of dengue fever, good intake of fluids, healthy home food and complete bed rest is required.”
He added that dengue patients have high fever for five to six days. Platelet count may drop after the fever ceases. Health officials asserted that specific drinks or fruits like goat milk, coconut water or kiwi fruit do not help in increasing platelets. The patient should consume a maximum amount of fluids like water, juice, lemon water, coconut water etc. They said, ‘Drink at least two liters of water daily which is also beneficial for a normal healthy person. Fluids not only prevent dehydration but also provide essential nutrients to the body.”
According to health officials, the inspection, spray and awareness campaign by the teams of District Health Department for the prevention of Dengue fever has been going on continuously since the month of January across the district. Teams are regularly checking coolers, fridge trays, pots, empty tires, boxes and other containers etc.
The Civil Surgeon appealed to the people of the district to cooperate for the prevention of dengue and malaria and said that only with the help of the people could the district be made dengue-free. For any information, the health department's helpline number 104 can be contacted.
Sudden high fever.
Pain behind eyes
Severe joint and muscle pain.
Remove water from coolers and other small containers at least once a week.
Keep overhead tanks covered
Drain off water from the back tray of refrigerator every week.
Use mosquito nets or mosquito repellents while sleeping during daytime.
Emptying and drying of water storage utensils on a weekly basis is important.
Keep surroundings clean and dry to prevent mosquito breeding.
Dispose of plastic, coconut shells and empty tins and cans.
Spray insecticides on outdoor containers and water puddles in and around your home.
Do not wear clothes that expose your arms and legs.
Children should not be allowed to play in shorts and half sleeved clothes.
Do not allow water to stagnate in bird feeding pots.
Do not leave toilet pots uncovered while going out of station.
Do not use vessels below flowerpots during these months as water stagnates in them if left unchanged.
Do not give steroids or antibiotics to dengue patients.
Avoid platelet transfusion unless there is an active bleed or the platelet count is less than 10,000.