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Dengue toll on the rise, city turns to home remedies

Fogging to prevent dengue and other diseases with mosquitoes as transmitting agent. Provincial Health Office of Bali regularly conducts fogging for the capital of the province, Denpasar. 18/06/2011. WHO/Budi Chandra.

Fogging to prevent dengue and other diseases with mosquitoes as transmitting agent. Provincial Health Office of Bali regularly conducts fogging for the capital of the province, Denpasar. 18/06/2011. WHO/Budi Chandra.

Indian capital is paying the price for not taking preventive measures to stem Dengue and now the disease is fast spreading in New Delhi and adjoining areas of Ludhina and Gurgaon are gripped by the epidemic.

So far, Delhi has reported 11 deaths and two of them — seven-year-old Avinash and six-year-old Aman Sharma this week, due to lack of timely medical intervention. While many government hospitals in Delhi were filled with patients who had rushed to get admitted with little drop in platelets’ count, authorities are appealing not to panic just by fever.

Unable to crack the whip on hospitals in view of the epidemic proportion of Dengue in Delhi, the Arvind Kejriwal government has directed schools across the city to ensure that students attend school wearing clothes covering full body to avoid mosquito bites.

Delhi deputy chief minister and education minister Manish Sisodia has asked the schools to ensure children are dressed in full-sleeved shirts, full pants and salwar kameez for the next one month, irrespective of the uniform norms.

“The parents should send their children to schools only in clothes with full sleeves and the government will ensure that the uniform colour does not create any problem for the children,” said the education minister of Delhi.

But the situation in Ludhina, an hour drive from Delhi is different. With a total of 33 cases of dengue reported here, reports said worried residents are flocking the Ayurvedic therapy for succour, though five major medical colleges have been on standby to face the epidemic in the district.

Hence, the demand for papaya leaves is high in the area as a home remedy to deal with dengue. Social media is going gaga on papaya leaves as the possible preventive remedy and nutritionists have seconded the idea since the juice of papaya leaves has enzymes and blood building capacity, helping more platelets formation in the body.

The platelet count goes down when dengue attacks. Further, smoothies with wheat grass and coconut water also add to blood building capacity and an addition of Tulsi and Ginger, which are anti-congestants will go a long way, suggest nutritionists.

But medical authorities advice that visit to the hospital and proper blood tests are mandatory in cases of dengue and advice not to delay treatment with home remedies.

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