The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has put in place preventive measures against dengue fever in the rainy season as dengue fever shares similar symptoms to COVID-19.
Permanent Secretary for BMA, Silapasuai Rawisaengsun said Thailand is entering the rainy season.
She warned people to eradicate stagnant water, an ideal mosquito breeding ground. According to the statistics of the BMA-run hospitals, 1,295 dengue patients were recorded from Jan 1- April 20.
The largest number of patients or 446 cases was in the aged group between 25-29 years.
She assigned the BMA’s medical service department and health department and district offices to launch public relations campaign to control dengue outbreaks in communities.
Anyone who has flu-like symptoms should wear masks. If they take fever-reducing medicines and the conditions do not improve in two days, they should see the doctor.
Moreover, the authorities will also focus on medical and public health readiness as the Covid-19 situation continues and both diseases share some common early symptoms. Patients with critical symptoms can seek testing at the BMA hospitals immediately, she said. (TNA)