Dengue fever: More than 1,000 cases in Mauritius

    – Dr Gujadhur (former DG of Health): “Isn’t it time for the PMO to take the bull by the horns? –

    The death of a 33-year-old patient tested positive for fever not recognized by Health As of Friday, the milestone of 1,000 cases of dengue fever was crossed. Indeed, the Ministry of Health confirms 1,109 cases recorded in the country since December 11 with 643 active cases. For its part, Rodrigues has 222 active cases out of 347.

    Officially, two deaths are attributed to the disease, namely a 48-year-old woman on February 2 and an 88-year-old man on February 11.

    However, the case of a northern resident, who died last Thursday after testing positive at Dr Seewoosagur Ramgoolam National Hospital, is not included in these statistics. “This case is not a death attributed to Dengue fever,” says the Ministry of Health. Taking into account the figures disclosed on Tuesday by the same GIS, which indicated 888 cases in the country, and those of 1,109 yesterday, the former Director General of Health, Dr Vasantrao Gujadhur, said: “this represents an increase of 221 cases in three days. From experience, we know that in such circumstances it is appropriate to include 50% more, including undetected cases and asymptomatics, among others. Which brings us to 2,000 cases.

    This is an important number. On the other hand, it seems that fumigation and larvicide exercises are not giving the expected results, since cases are still on the rise. » Which leads him to ask the question: “isn’t it high time that the Ministry of Health requested a High Level Committee?” Isn’t it time for the PMO to step in, with the involvement of other key ministries, such as Agro-industry, Tourism, Environment, Local Government and Education? In my opinion, we must take the bull by the horns now, and not wait for the situation to get worse. »


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