The Department of Health in Mysuru has strategised its surveillance for prevention and early detection of dengue, prioritising testing symptomatic dengue cases instead of delaying the tests. Around 96 tests can be done from a single dengue testing kit using the ELISA method. The tests done at the department’s health centres and the K.R. Hospital are free. The kits have been procured from the ICMR-National Institute of Virology in Pune. Last year, after the surge, the ‘model’ that was adopted when COVID-19 was at its peak in 2020 was replicated to bring dengue cases under control. Taking the COVID-19 surveillance as the base in combating dengue, the field workers kept a close watch on the cluster outbreaks and addressed cases in all seriousness. The template of combating the pandemic was replicated, especially in rural areas with ASHAs taking the lead.
Today: November 30, 2023