BELÉM (PA) – From January to July of this year, the number of patients who contracted dengue fever in Belém do Pará increased by about 200%, in relation to the same period in 2020. The data are from the Municipal Health Department (Sesma), which in the first seven months of 2021 registered 431 cases, and in 2020, 144 cases.
In all of Pará, the number of people who had the virus this year already exceeds last year’s, according to the epidemiological bulletin of the State Secretariat of Public Health (Sespa).
The Sespa report indicated 1,897 cases of dengue in the state in 2021. In all of 2020, there were 1,656. An increase of 14%. The growth of the virus raised an alert for the importance of prevention, with the elimination of breeding sites for the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
The coordinator of arboviroses of Sespa, Aline Cordeiro, explained that Brazil is on alert in the increase of cases since November last year. With the peak of the pandemic, visits by epidemiological agents were suspended, in addition to the lack of reinforcement of disclosure in awareness campaigns for Para residents.
“The state even carried out campaigns in four periods last year, but they need to be reinforced by the city. As a result, people end up ‘forgetting’ the importance of taking care of the diseases caused by the mosquito and this is happening not only in Pará, but throughout the country, especially in the region where we live”, said Aline.
Among the neighbors, the housewife Nazaré Neponuceno, 48, is the one that gives more pride to the epidemiological agents. A resident of the Pedreira neighborhood, in Belém, she likes to have plants at home and, in the pandemic, she increased the garden, bringing more green into the house.
“I look for plants that don’t need so much watering, you have to leave the soil moist and that’s enough. With this risk of dengue, we can’t play around. The plants in the backyard are kept in pots with holes underneath, so the excess water runs off and doesn’t stay put. And we also don’t let water accumulate in any of these little corners, no containers, we change the cats’ water every day, and don’t give the mosquito any chance”, warned Nazaré.
The Pedreira neighborhood is in third place in the ranking of neighborhoods with the highest number of reported cases. In all, in the first seven months of 2021, there were 53 records. The Barreiro neighborhood came first with 76 cases, followed by the Maracangalha neighborhood, with 60 cases.
Sesma informed, in a note, that it continues with the work of the Epidemiological Community Assistants (ACEs), visiting houses daily and providing educational guidance to the population. In addition, they perform Viral Transmission Blocks in all cases that are notified to this Department, through the Endemics Hotline (91) 3184-6128.
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