Oman is currently experiencing a dramatic increase in dengue fever cases, with over 2,240 reported cases as of October 2023. This surge in cases is a cause for concern, as just a few weeks ago, there were only 1,989 reported cases. The Ministry of Health has released a report highlighting this alarming rise in dengue fever, which is primarily transmitted by the Aedes mosquito. In response to these increasing numbers, the Ministry and relevant authorities are joining forces to combat the Aedes mosquito and prevent further spread of the disease.
Taking the lead in the fight against dengue is the North Batinah Municipality, which has launched a comprehensive campaign to tackle the issue head-on. The municipality’s strategy includes continuous campaigns across all wilayats, with 16 teams collaborating with the Directorate General of Health Services in the governorate. These teams are implementing targeted control campaigns to eliminate mosquito breeding areas, along with educational campaigns to raise community awareness. The Director General of the North Batinah Municipality emphasizes the importance of community involvement, highlighting that an informed and vigilant community can make a significant difference in curbing the spread of dengue.
To address the dengue outbreak, the Ministry of Health is urging citizens and residents of Oman to take preventive measures. These measures include eliminating mosquito breeding sites by properly covering water tanks and cleaning them regularly, disposing of water from air conditioners, changing water in fountains and swimming pools frequently, and monitoring water reservoirs used for agricultural purposes. It is also important to change water kept in containers for animals and birds regularly. These measures are crucial in preventing the proliferation of the Aedes mosquito, which is the primary vector for diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, Zika, Mayaro, and yellow fever.
As the dengue outbreak continues to escalate in Oman, it is vital for the entire community to come together and take proactive measures to prevent mosquito breeding and protect themselves from this potentially life-threatening disease. The efforts of health authorities, municipalities, and individuals are indispensable in overcoming this growing public health challenge.