The new national guidelines for clinical management of dengue fever has been developed and shared with different states, the minister said. He said that the number of Sentinel Surveillance Hospitals (SSH) with laboratory support has been increased to 499 across the country while test kits are provided to these institutes through National Institute of Virology (Pune) free of cost.
The Minister said that the government also issues regular advisories to the states and in 2015, advisories were issued from Union Health Minister to all Chief Ministers, union health secretary to all chief secretaries and DGHS to all state health secretaries. He said that periodic reviews too are conducted by the Ministry to take stock of preparedness and respond to emergency situations.PreventionDr. Shikha Sharma, a nutritionist and dietician advises, “You can light camphor inside your home and apply neem oil all over your body to keep away mosquitoes.” She also recommends, “To prevent any infection, we should boost our body’s immunity and this can be done by the intake of foods rich in vitamin C. Taking a spoon of Chyawanprash, eating freshly cooked green leafy vegetables, drinking freshly prepared lemonade and eating amla or Indian gooseberry can do wonders in building immunity.” (Dengue Fever: How to Prevent the Disease and Stay Healthy this Monsoon)