Dengue fever spreads to other regions, say experts

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DENGUE fever has started spreading in the regions with 50 new cases, most of them from Dar es Salaam region, reported in the country.

This was revealed by the Assistant Director of Health Services and Emergencies in the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Dr Elias Kessy, in Dodoma during the official opening of health training to medical and health officers from all regions in the country in a bid to counter the outbreak in the country.

Dr Kessy said there are 50 new cases of dengue fever in several regions in the country, noting that a big percentage of those suffering from the disease were from Dar es Salaam.

He said that since the outbreak of the disease more than 850 people have been affected and four succumbed to death.

He said the problem is serious and research is ongoing and that the ministry in collaboration with the Medical Stores Department (MSD) continue to distribute equipment and medicine in several areas of the country.

The Deputy Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr Kebwe Kebwe said the disease is new in areas with warm weather, stressing on the importance controlling the disease from spreading.

He said a lot of work has been done in treating patients with dengue fever, noting that the important thing is for the public to ensure their environment is clean at all times. Dodoma Regional Medical Officer, Dr Ezekiel Mpuya said the regional hospital has received only one case of dengue fever.

“The patient had gone to Dar es Salaam on official duties and after returning he started developing symptoms and was admitted and treated, we do not have any more dengue patients in Dodoma,” he said.

Meanwhile, the government has sprayed more than 660 buses plying regional routes and more than 14 wards in Dar es Salaam with indoor residual spraying to kill dengue causing mosquitoes.

Speaking to the ‘Daily News’, Dar es Salaam City Health Officer on Communicable Diseases, Mr Alex Mkamba said the exercise of spraying will continue to ensure all dengue causing mosquitoes are controlled.

He said the buses going upcountry were sprayed with the indoor residual spray early in the morning before departing from Dar es Salaam, stating that the spray will stay on in the buses between three to six months.

Mr Mkamba noted that the exercise to spray buses is ongoing, targeting buses going to other areas including Kisarawe and Bagamoyo. He could not immediately provide names of the wards that have been sprayed.

As of Tuesday, Mr Mkamba said there were 49 new cases of dengue fever, bringing the total to 909 out of 1,827 dengue cases since the outbreak of the disease in January this year.

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