Dengue on the rise, so what are we going to do?
Posted on August 8th, 2011

By Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai

Isn’t it amazing how a tiny little organism can hold the mankind practically hostage? The minute little virus which we cannot even see with our naked eyes causing havoc amidst us.  Even the mosquitoes being so small and so powerful. It is said that mosquito is the creature through which most number of deaths are caused.

 Des it shows we are powerless against them? Not really. These just shows how stupid man can even know very well the way to overcome them, he does not act. He is either too lazy, or too arrogant to take the correct, simple  measures 96 rather goes all the way out to make the most detour way to eradicate this simple menace, and falls flat on the face. The trial with Cuban bacteria is a point to ponder. Do we need bacteria to conquer the simple bacteria from our back yard? Not really. All we need is common sense.

 All we need is a national education on how to prevent them breeding. This has to be made a priority for everyone, homes, offices, ministries and common man, but especially the house wives, and a focal point of concern   for a length of time until we altogether eradicate. This is a nation which conquered the deadly small pox and cholera, so why not lesser lethal dengue?

 All it needs is a proper planning and non-stop practice of what it will take to eradicate the menace. For which we need a dedicated team with undeviating g mission unadulterated by politics or greed.

 Yes, we can easily eradicate this problem if only we set our hearts at it.

Why aren’t we doing it?

4 Responses to “Dengue on the rise, so what are we going to do?”

  1. mjaya Says:

    Hi Mareena, after a long, long time. Nice to see you change the topic from subtle religious extremism to dengue. Also good to see that there seems to be no subtle religious themes in your posting. But anyway, knowing your track record, anything you write has to be looked at very carefully. Indeed your use of the words “stupid man” does seem a little dubious.

    “Do we need bacteria to conquer the simple bacteria from our back yard? ” well from what I know dengue is caused by a virus.

    Well why not light a little candle without cursing the dark? The next time you see an empty tin can, plastic bottle or empty king coconut just pick it up and dispose of it properly!

  2. mjaya Says:

    BTW Mareena Sorry I couldn’t mention this.

    Just to remind you again about helping save Rizana Nawfeek (http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=14477). Indeed your silence on this matter still intrigues everyone!!

  3. Ben_silva Says:

    Good useful article by Mareena

  4. Dr.K Says:

    Hi, Mareena

    There are enough simple and cheap or completely free (non costing) dengue control methods already in place in Sri Lanka.There are enough scientific information of both the mosquito and disease causing virus. The problem is neither with the mosquito nor with the virus, it’s solely with people who are responsible in this exercise.

    I heard recently from Sri Lankan news that the dengue control programme is now conducted by former Anti-Malaria campaign. How long did Sri Lankan Government take to understand who should be the best people to handle this programme at the regional and peripheral level within the Dept of Health. After the Government did the correct selection of manpower the malaria could be wiped off from Sri Lankan soil. So could do with dengue too.

    They shouldn’t be the people who heartlessly squeeze poor patients to get their bank accounts filled in after normal work hours or people who look for foreign scholarships while heating up the top seats.

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