National dengue management handbook to be distributed to doctors


A handbook on National Dengue Management will be sent to doctors in September, said Dr. Zaw Lin, deputy director of the dengue and elephantiasis programme, operating under the Ministry of Health and Sports.
The guidelines are developed by experts and specialists from the World Health Organization. The handbook also includes guidelines on adult dengue fever.
“Already, there were dengue guidelines for adolescents. These guidelines are now being updated, and the handbook now includes dengue guidelines for both adults and adolescents. It will be handed over to the doctors next month”, said Dr Zaw Lin. Additionally, to carry out effective dengue vector management, the health staff will be offered courses on prevention measures and treatment in regions and states, which are prone to dengue fever.
Dengue fever primarily occurs in children aged under 15. Currently, dengue has become a fatal disease for adolescents as well as adults.
Of the over 31,000 patients with dengue fever, 192 died, including 27 adolescents and adults, last year.
During this year, a total of 11,750 cases of dengue fever were recorded from 1 January to 4 August across the country, killing 59 people, according to a survey by the Public Health Department, under the Ministry of Health and Sports.

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