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16 September, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Women and children more vulnerable to dengue

Women and children more vulnerable to dengue

As per the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research, IEDCR, of the affected Dengue patients, 59 per cent are male and 41 per cent women. Though the number of women is lower than that of men, the death rate is higher among women. Health experts said gender inequality, malnutrition, lack of awareness, menstruation and pregnancy are the factors that made women more vulnerable while less immunity and lack of fluid are the causes for children to die due to this pathogenic. This is also indicative of a deeply entrenched and defective social behaviour, where women often do not speak up at the early stage of any disease.

 This culture is seen both in cities and is more prevalent in rural areas, where women often conceal physical discomfort or an insidious ailment for a long time in fear of being dubbed ‘sickly’ and ‘unhealthy’. Even in educated communities, women take a long time to reveal a health issue and by the time they do, it’s often too late for treatment and a quick recovery.

Since dengue is an emergency, women cannot treat rising temperature as just a fever that will go away in a day or not. Of course, there’s no reason for panic but women need to be alert and the family members have to abandon the flawed social belief that subconsciously dictates our outlook. The dengue situation is improving gradually as around 96 per cent of dengue patients who were admitted to different hospitals across the country have already returned home after recovery. For children, the evolved form of Dengue’s triggers shock syndrome, which is deadly.

 The reason why children are most vulnerable is because at schools, when they are among many others, there isn’t anyone to monitor where the child is going. Here the school authority has a significant role to play in making their institutions free of mosquitoes. Every academic institution has to adopt several methods to ensure their premises are free of mosquitoes instead of waiting for city corporation support.

Regular spraying of mosquito repellent available in the market, using cheaper options like coils and daily cleaning of shady corners can go a long way in making school environments safer.

 

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