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WHO warns of potential dengue fever upsurge in Afghanistan during rainy season

The World Health Organization (WHO) in Afghanistan has alerted to the possibility of an increase in cases of dengue fever, also known as “break-bone” fever, across the country as the rainy season approaches.

In a tweet on Sunday, WHO acknowledged that dengue cases could rise with the onset of the rainy season and stated that they are taking measures to prepare health workers in managing dengue cases.

WHO further emphasized its dedication to enhancing the skills of healthcare professionals throughout Afghanistan by providing comprehensive training programs.

“Recently, WHO trained 300 doctors, nurses, and lab technicians from 18 hospitals and 250 health facilities in Kunar, Laghman, Nuristan, and Nangarhar,” WHO said.

The organization also highlighted that the three-day dengue case management training was conducted in 12 batches with the participation of a total of 65 female health workers.

As healthcare facilities are being prepared to combat a potential outbreak, WHO urged the public to take precautions to safeguard themselves and their families from mosquito bites and prevent the spread of dengue.

According to WHO, dengue fever is a viral infection transmitted to humans through the bite of infected mosquitoes. This disease is prevalent in regions with tropical and subtropical climates.

While many individuals infected with dengue may remain asymptomatic, those who do exhibit symptoms may experience high fever, headaches, body aches, nausea, and rash. Most individuals recover within 1 to 2 weeks, but severe cases of dengue may require hospitalisation, as the disease can be fatal.

In recent times, dengue fever has presented a significant challenge, particularly in the eastern areas of Afghanistan, including Nangarhar province.