|Dengue Camp held in RVS Siddha College
Dengue virus is widely distributed throughout the tropics and subtropics.(The name ‘dengue’ is derived from the Swahili Ki denga pepo, meaning a sudden seizure by a demon.The term ‘break-bone fever’ was coined during the Philadelphia epidemic in 1780).Dengue fever is clinically similar to the illness caused by the chikungunya and O’nyong-nyong viruses.
Four types of dengue virus exist: DEN 1 first isolated from Hawai in 1944,DEN 2 from New Guinea in 1944 and DEN 3 and 4 from the Philippines in 1956.Immunity is type specific so that it is possible for a person to have four separate episodes of dengue fever.Dengue has been increasing worldwide over the last few decade and today ranks as the most important vector borne disease, with about 2.5 billion people in 200 countries at risk.
Dengue presents clinically after an incubation period of 3-14 days, as fever of sudden onset with headache, retrobulbar pain, conjunctival injection, pain in the back and limbs (break-bone fever), lymphadenopathy and maculopapular rash.The fever is typically biphasic (saddle back) and lasts for 5-7 days.Dengue may also occur in more serious forms,with hemorrhagic manifestations (dengue hemorrhagic fever) or with shock (dengue shock syndrome).These complications, first recognized in Thailand,have since occurred in many countries in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific.They are more common in previously healthy children in the indigenous populations of endemic areas.They may be a hypersensitivity or enhancement response to sequential dengue virus infection in persons sensitized by prior exposure to other serotypes of the virus.
Dengue virus is transmitted from person to person by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.The extrinsic incubation period is 8-10 days.No vertebrate hosts other than humans have been identified.
Dengue was initially confined to the east coast of India and has caused epidemics, sometimes along with the chikungunya virus, as in 1963 when extensive out-breaks affected Calcutta and Madras.Subsequently it has spread westwards and in the 1990s Surat and Delhi had major epidemics with deaths due to DHF (Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever) and DSS (Dengue Shock Syndrome).All four types of dengue virus are present in this country.Occasionally, more than one type of the virus has been isolated from the same patient.Control of dengue is limited to vector control as no vaccine is currently available.
This year 2012, the numbers of Dengue cases have been increased in Tamil Nadu four times more than last year, especially in Southern districts.
Very rare Dengue cases were obtained in around Coimbatore.To prevent dengue,firstly the Dengue prevention camp was organized and the awareness was created among the community to curtail the viral infection by RVS Siddha Medical College and Hospital,Kannampalayam,Coimbatore.
The programme and camp news was telecasted in Sun News.In the camp,50ml of Nilavenbhu Kudineer which acts as antiviral drug was given two times per day, till four days to the people.By this camp, the numbers of out-patients were benefitted. The Nilavenbhu kudineer medicine gives a lot of relief to the patients suffered by all types of viral fever and this established the importance of Siddha medicine.
|FREE SIDDHA MEDICAL CAMP
A free Siddha Medical Camp was conducted by RVS Siddha Medical College and Hospital by joining hands with RVS Polytechnic College at Pallapalayam.
Program was inaugurated by the presence of Chairman Pallapalayam Mrs.Ponkodi at 9:00 am, Prof.Dr.R.Lakshmi,MD (S), Principal of RVS Siddha Medical College & Hospital and Prof.S.S.Murugan,ME.,MISTE.,MIE., Principal of RVS Polytechnic College, visited the camp at 10:00am and advised the students to make aware about the Free Siddha Medical Camp to local community.
More than 100 patients were benefited by this camp. Dr. R. Shamnmuga Sundari, Dr. S.P. Radha, Dr. M. Menaka and Dr. M. Sri Thirumalai Raja attended the camp with CRRI.