National Dengue Day Observation

June 01, 2023

A viral disease called dengue is transmitted from mosquitoes to humans. In tropical and subtropical regions, it occurs more frequently. In recent decades, dengue has become much more common, with cases reported to the WHO rising from 505 430 cases in 2000 to 5.2 million cases in 2019. Dengue cases are underreported since a large percentage of them are asymptomatic, moderate, and self-managed. In a lot of situations, other febrile infections are mistakenly identified. Brazil, Colombia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, India, Kenya, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, the Reunion Islands, and Vietnam are still affected by dengue as of 2021.

In India, every year on May 16, National Dengue Day is marked to increase public awareness of vector-borne illness and its avoidance. In India, dengue incidence often increases during and following monsoon season. National Dengue Day is observed nationwide on various levels via events organized by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

On 29th May 2023, The Manipal College of Nursing Manipal, MAHE observed National Dengue Day in collaboration with the District Health Office (DHO), Udupi. Students, faculty members, and healthcare professionals attended the event to raise awareness about dengue and its prevention.

The program began with a welcome address and introduction of the chief guest by Dr. Shashidhara Y N, Departmental Head, Community health nursing, MCON. The Chief Guest, Dr. Nagabhushan Udupa, DHO, Udupi District, then delivered a keynote address on the topic of dengue. He spoke about the current situation of dengue in the district and the measures the health department takes to control its spread. He also highlighted the importance of community participation in preventing dengue and urged the audience to take necessary precautions.

The presidential address was delivered by Dr. Judith A Noronha, Dean, MCON. She emphasized the importance of spreading awareness about dengue and taking necessary precautions to prevent its spread and also how Nursing students can play a very important role in the prevention of vector-borne diseases.

Following the keynote address, Dr. Prashant Bhat, District Vector-borne disease control officer, Udupi, deliberated a lecture on vector-borne diseases and their prevention. He shared his valuable insights on the clinical management of dengue and the latest advancements in its treatment. He also answered questions from the audience, clarifying doubts and dispelling myths about dengue.

Mrs. Manjula, Asst Professor, Dept. CHN, MCON delivered the vote of thanks, and Mrs. Jeyalaxmi, Asst Professor, Dept. CHN, MCON was the MC for the whole program.

Overall, the World Dengue Day program at MCON was a great success, with informative speeches and interactive sessions. The collaboration with the DHO of Udupi was a great initiative, and the program helped in raising awareness about dengue and its prevention among the students and faculty members of MCON