Dengue time bomb ticking as cases surge across Goa – The Goan Everyday

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Colvale in Bardez has been newly designated as a high-risk area for suspected dengue cases, joining Aldona and Saligao in the same category.

These additions come as part of a broader concern across the State, with other high-risk areas including the coastal village of Candolim, Siolim, Porvorim, Panaji, Margao, Chimbel and Vasco.

Dr Kalpana Mahatme, the health officer in charge of the national vector-borne disease programme, highlighted the correlation between increased construction activities and the rise in dengue cases.


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“Construction projects in Colvale, Aldona, and Saligao bring in migrant colonies, leading to unsafe water storage practices that breed mosquitoes,” she explained.

From January to May this year, 117 confirmed dengue cases were reported, a figure expected to rise with the inclusion of June’s data.

This marks a significant increase compared to last year’s 55 cases in the same period.

The monsoon season is likely to exacerbate the situation, Dr Mahatme warned, emphasising the critical role of community participation in controlling the disease’s spread.

Dengue, a mosquito-borne viral infection, can cause severe flu-like symptoms and potentially lethal complications.

Health officials are actively monitoring high-risk areas and educating the public on preventive measures, such as emptying water receptacles to prevent mosquito breeding.

“We need community cooperation to curb the rising trend of dengue cases,” Dr Mahatme urged.

“People must avoid long-term water storage in containers and ensure coconut shells and other water-accumulating units are emptied,” she added.

Despite some cooperation, many residents remain hesitant to follow these guidelines.

As a result, show cause notices under Section 40 of the Goa Public Health Act have been issued in various areas, including Panaji (Bhatlem), Taleigao, Mapusa, Vasco (New Vaddem), Candolim, and Nerul.

Dr Mahatme also mentioned that the health department is considering more stringent measures, such as disconnecting power and water supplies for non-compliant residents.

“If cases continue to rise due to people’s apathy, we may instruct the electricity and PWD departments to take these actions,” she cautioned.

The health department’s proactive stance underscores the urgent need for community engagement to mitigate the dengue threat in Goa.

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