Target: World Health Organization
Goal: Assist India in accurate reporting of Dengue fever outbreaks to eliminate the spread of disease.
The refusal to report the Dengue fever epidemic by Indian government officials continues to threaten hundreds of millions of people around the world. Although India is the main area where Dengue fever is located, the mosquito-borne plague extends far beyond India and currently affects half of the world’s nations. Many health experts are now speaking out about the importance of accurate reporting of Dengue fever in India to avoid an increase in victims around the world. It is extremely crucial that the World Health Organization assist the Indian government in providing an effective system within all areas of the country that reports all plague victims.
The World Health Organization’s lead Dengue coordinator, Dr. Raman Velayudan has admitted, “The global Dengue is far worse than people know and it keeps getting worse.” It is shocking to hear that health officials say 30,002 people in India recently became victims of Dengue fever in one month alone, which shows a 59 percent jump from the 18,860 recorded for all of 2011. This life-threatening tropical disease has reached as far as Miami, infecting a growing number of Western tourists who return from vacation and work overseas. There are painful side effects which include flu-like symptoms and high fever, vomiting, muscle and joint aches, searing pains behind the eyes, and severe skin rashes.
There has been an effort through a recent trial vaccine to kill the Dengue fever outbreak, but it failed to work. Instead, the disease proceeds to spread and infect millions of people around the globe. An anonymous senior health official in the Indian government has even acknowledged that the government only reports cases of Dengue from public hospitals, leaving out major areas of the country where victims are infected and killed by the fever. A scene at a hospital in India’s capital consisted of feverish patients sharing beds and lying on hallway floors. Many people are severely ill with this rapidly spreading life-threatening disease, but it is not being diagnosed properly.
This could be avoided with the interference of the World Health Organization.
It is crucial that the World Health Organization take action to provide the Indian government with the proper diagnosis materials to ensure that people traveling to these tropical locations do not return home with a life-threatening disease.
Dear World Health Organization,
I urge you to ensure that the Indian government accurately reports the number of Dengue fever victims to prevent widespread disease. The recent report of an increase in Dengue victims is truly alarming, unfortunate, and can possibly be resolved if a collaborative effort is made to uncover the relevance of this disease among millions of people throughout the world. Action must occur to eliminate this tropical mosquito-borne plague from taking another unreported life.
Many Western tourists are traveling overseas to India for work and vacation and are bringing the plague back home. If the Indian government does not start reporting all cases of the Dengue fever, then the undiagnosed victims will continue to spread the disease world wide, affecting every corner of the globe. In addition, it is unfair that the Indian government fails to take into account the number of Indians who are infected all throughout the country, and not just in public hospitals.
Please take responsibility to work with the Indian government on accurately reporting those infected with this unfortunate fever that causes severe pain to millions and has taken the lives of many. It is important that the World Health Organization carries out its service of assisting governments to eliminate dangerous health concerns by providing support to aid in the sustainability of health world wide.
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