How to control dengue
Controlling dengue involves various measures to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes that transmit the disease and to protect yourself from mosquito bites. Mosquitoes that carry the dengue virus breed in stagnant water. Eliminate any standing water around your home, such as in flowerpots, water containers, buckets, discarded tires, or any other items that can collect water. Regularly empty and clean water storage containers, and cover them tightly.
Maintain cleanliness in and around your home. Dispose of garbage properly in closed containers to avoid creating additional mosquito breeding grounds. Apply insect repellents and oil of lemon on exposed skin. Use mosquito nets while sleeping, and keep doors and windows closed or screened to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
Cover your skin as much as possible by wearing long-sleeved shirts, trousers or long pants, socks, and shoes, especially during the daytime when the dengue-transmitting mosquitoes are most active. Educate your community about dengue prevention. Encourage your neighbours to follow preventive measures and report any potential mosquito breeding sites to the local health authorities.
Cooperate with local health authorities in implementing mosquito control measures such as fogging or spraying insecticides in areas with high mosquito populations. These measures help to reduce the adult mosquito population. Be aware of the signs and symptoms of dengue, which include high fever, severe headache, joint and muscle pain, rash, and bleeding. If you experience these symptoms, seek medical attention promptly. Early diagnosis and proper medical care can help manage dengue effectively and reduce complications.
Remember that dengue prevention is a collective effort that involves individual actions as well as community involvement. By following these measures consistently, you can contribute to controlling the spread of dengue.