DENGUE! Everyone knows how much of danger that word contains. Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Symptoms typically begin three to fourteen days after infection. This may include a high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash. Recovery generally takes two to seven days. In a small proportion of cases, the disease develops into severe dengue, also known as dengue hemorrhagic fever, resulting in bleeding, low levels of blood platelets and blood plasma leakage, or into dengue shock syndrome, where dangerously low blood pressure occurs .Dengue has become a global problem since the Second World War and is common in more than 110 countries, mainly in Asia and South America. Each year between 50 and 528 million people are infected and approximately 10,000 to 20,000 die. Average death count for a year 2018 in Sri Lanka is recorded as 202. In the present, with the bustling schedule, people neglect to clean up their premises. With this situation, death rate in dengue fever is increasing day by day. That is why us; the Rotaract Club of SLIIT has got together with the National Dengue Control Program which is leading by the MOH office Kaduwela.
To give it a start, we went to the area of Hokandara at first. We divided our team into 8 groups with 4 members in each to inspect different areas at the same time. We got one member from National Dengue Control Program for each group. Then, we had to confront a colossal downpour fall at the beginning. Be that as it may, by showing that nothing can stop our Rotaractors; they started their work while the rain was still falling. Our Rotaractors did their best in inspecting houses like real inspectors.
We have confronted diverse sort of difficulties while the inspection was going. Some of our members had to climb through ladders to inspect slabs. We really enjoyed this and were truly care enough to do the inspection well and not to happen any mistakes.
By the end of the program, our teams were able to inspect 200 houses. Among them 50 places were in danger of having dengue infected mosquitoes. 13 red notices were given to the house owners of which had larvae in their premises.
At the end of a tired but successful day, our Rotaractors got served by a manioc meal and a cup of tea provided by the Maternal & Child Health Care Clinic in Hokandara. It was a happy day for all of our crew members because the job we have done is priceless.
We must give our special regards to Mr.Sekara (SPHI – Kaduwela) who led us throughout this project to make it success. And our job is not done yet. Let’s do this until our beautiful motherland become a dengue free country and then, no more innocent souls will sacrifice their lives.
Rtr. Lasadara De Silva