CCHDC warns of dengue outbreak

The Centre for Community Health and Disease Control (CCHDC) has warned of a possible outbreak of dengue fever, reports Haveeru.

The warning follows the death of a one-year-old girl from Alif Dhaal Mahibadhoo who died while undergoing treatment at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) in Male’.

The centre noted that most cases were being reported from Alif Dhaal Atoll.

According to the centre, 2,640 cases were reported so far this year, including 12 fatalities, making 2011 the worst recorded year for fatalities due to the virus.

Ten people died in 2006 from the mosquito-borne virus.

A task force headed by Deputy Minister of Education, Dr. Abdullah Nazeer, was appointed to handle an outbreak in July this year. The Ministry of Health did not assume control of the situation for a week after the outbreak began.

At the time, Dr Nazeer told Minivan News that the government faced two obstacles in its response to the outbreak.

“Number one is a lack of proper communication between the Health Ministry and local councils,” he said. “The second was that they did not have the capacity to resolve the issues.”