Calcutta : The Covid pandemic has taken most of the attention away from other diseases over the past two years. Treatment of many diseases has been disrupted. Many diseases are not vaccinated regularly. A lot of research has been disrupted. But the disease does not go away. Several diseases have resurfaced.
Likewise, in the past two years, mandatory mask use has helped reduce the number of other diseases, especially those spread through the respiratory tract. The reason behind the very low incidence of seasonal influenza in India in 2021 was the use of masks.
Several diseases have plagued the country in 2022. Let’s take a look one by one.
The first outbreak of this viral disease outside of South Africa occurred in 2022. More than 80 thousand people worldwide are infected by it. The World Health Organization has declared monkeypox a global health emergency. Monkeypox is a type of pox. It is a smallpox type of disease, now eradicated.
In July, the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency after discussions with an expert committee. Monkeypox also entered India. This virus is causing panic all over the world amid the corona epidemic. So far 23 people have been affected by the disease in India.
In the second half of 2022, many children started getting measles. According to the Ministry of Health, more than 10,500 cases of measles have been reported in India till December 12. 40 children were reported dead. Many people have been infected with measles in Maharashtra and Jharkhand. Experts have even identified “lack of vaccination” as the root cause of sudden measles outbreaks at the WHO.
The Center is quick to bring this situation under control. 100 percent vaccination should be done by December 2023. A task force should be created. The Health Ministry has directed the states. The Kolkata Municipality is also active. The World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC have claimed that in the past year, around 40 million children around the world have been deprived of vaccination. It is in this context that the Union Health Ministry has sent a letter to the states directing them to take immediate action.
Swine flu has also infected many people in India over the past two years due to delays in flu vaccination. This year, 11,500 people have been infected with swine flu, which is 15 times more than the previous year.
According to data, swine flu has claimed more than 300 lives till October. In 2021, only 12 people died from the disease in India.
It was undoubtedly a big challenge for the doctors. Complicating matters was that the common signs and symptoms of both Covid and swine flu are similar. Fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body ache. So often it is not given importance in the early stages. So the problem has become serious.
This year the tomato flu was a problem. Moreover, many suffer from hand foot and mouth infection (HFMD). Tomato flu cases among children under five years have increased in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Assam and Odisha this year.
Although tomato fever has similar symptoms to Covid-19, the viral disease is not life-threatening. It is so called because the disease causes rashes or blisters all over the body that gradually enlarge to the size of a tomato.
Caused by Coxsackievirus A16, highly contagious, the disease is spread through secretions from the nose, throat and blisters. There is currently no antiviral drug or vaccine available to treat tomato flu, and the Ministry of Health says the best solution for prevention is maintaining proper hygiene and sanitization.
The end of the monsoon, the beginning of the festive season, means that dengue is on the verge of extinction. The dengue situation in the state was alarming till November. Although awareness pictures are seen somewhere, people have not got rid of Aedes mosquito-borne diseases. Somewhere, the administration is pushing the ball in the court of the common man for the sake of cleanliness. Terrible dengue situation. The chief secretary held a meeting with the chief health officers of all the districts in Nabanna, special measures were taken. However, the spread of this mosquito-borne disease could not be controlled in the districts of Bengal. There have been consecutive dengue deaths.
One is not immune to dengue, malaria is a companion. Malaria is on the rise amid dengue in the state. In many cases, dengue and malaria have occurred at the same time! According to state government data, malaria cases have more than tripled in the last two months. In July and August, 9 thousand 744 people were affected by malaria in the state.
According to the data provided by the center, the number of malaria cases in West Bengal from January to August 31 is 13 thousand 812. Which is the third highest in the country. Among them, the number of people affected by falcipherum malaria is 1 thousand 902. One died.
do notThe increase in mosquito-borne diseases in the state. According to the information mentioned on the website of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Program, Bengal has the 3rd highest incidence of encephalitis in the country. It is second in terms of death.
At the end of the year, covid is again eyeing neighboring countries. Hope, people will win by resisting the power of all diseases.
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