Dengue can be controlled: VC LUMHS
HYDERABAD, Oct 26: The vice-chancellor of the Liaquat University of
Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS), Prof Naushad Ahmed Shaikh, said on Thursday
that dengue fever had attained alarming proportions but the disease could be
brought under control with concerted efforts by the medical community and
He said in his presidential address at a seminar on
dengue fever at the university campus that there was no specific treatment for
the disease. It could be controlled only by taking precautionary measures in
advance, he said.
Mr Shaikh stressed the importance of launching an
awareness campaign about the disease and dispelled the generally held impression
that all mosquitoes caused dengue.
A species of mosquito, which was
different from common mosquitoes, lived in clean water and attacked its prey
only in the morning or before sunset, causing the disease, he said.
Dr Nazeer Memon, Dr Altaf Ahmed and Dr Naseem Salahuddin, Dr Shakeel Ahmed, Prof
Noor Mohammad Memon and Dr Muzaffar Shaikh said that the dengue viral fever was
a common infection in the South East Asian region but in recent months it had
made news because of rise in number of dengue cases and its virtual
The virus transmitted through the bite of a mosquito which
was different from the mosquitoes that caused malaria.
mosquito lays eggs in clean water containers, house plants and wherever clean
water accumulates inside or outside the house, they said.
So, the best
way to eliminate this mosquito was to destroy its breading places outside and
inside the house, they said. Dawn