‘D’ For Dengue; City Residents Buying Preventive Products Like Hot Cake


Priyanka Dutta, Kolkata: With more than one-third of the world’s population living in areas at risk for infection, dengue virus is a leading cause of illness and death in the tropics and subtropics. As many as 400 million people are infected yearly. Dengue is caused by any one of four related viruses transmitted by mosquitoes.

Last year West Bengal records highest dengue deaths in country . There are not yet any vaccines to prevent infection with dengue virus and the most effective protective measures are those that avoid mosquito bites. When infected, early recognition and prompt supportive treatment can substantially lower the risk of medical complications and death.

Now a days Dengue has become a life-threatening reality in the city of joy. Obviously, no one is taking it lightly anymore. So, the demand of preventive products like mosquito net, mosquito repellent creams, mats, coils has doubled. Burrabazar, Kolkata’s oldest market, is said to be the only place where you can “get anything”, are going through in crisis for selling Mosquito nets. “ Suddenly the selling of mosquito nets are getting too high that the market is running through by crisis. We are unable to deliver the demands of the retailers Sandip Chowdhury,a Buisnessman from the wholeseller market, Burrabazar.

The demand for mosquito nets has risen by a huge extent. “Sales have gone up by almost 30%, while till a few months ago, there were almost no takers for mosquito nets. Mosquito nets for children, however, were always in demand; now the demand has doubled,” he told us.

The sales have seen a massive jump recently, creating a shortage of the products owing to a demand-supply gap. “ Price of the king size bed mosquito net is 300-850rs. And the medium bed size mosquito net is 250-500 rs. And the single bed size mosquito net is 150-300rs. Price may rise on the basis of demand. As we are unable to supply to the retailers on their demand.” Gopal sen, shopkeeper Burrabazar told to Kolkata24x7.com.

Most people are buying these in bulk out of fear .“This is good to know that the demand of buying mosquito nets are in high. It means people are buying for the Dengue attack. I have also came here to buy a mosquito net . The price is very reasonable.” Sumona Pal, a customer from the wholeseller market.

People are buying everything, right from neem oil, eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil to lemongrass oil, to repel mosquitoes and keep dengue at bay. Not only mosquito nets but also the repellents are buying randomly. The chemist shops too are selling mosquito repellents like hot cake.”The sale of mosquito repellents has gone up by 20-25% after the dengue scare. The herbal oils used for protection from mosquitoes are in great demand,” said Rahul Singh, an owner of a city based medical store.

When the Dengue death toll touches 38 in West Bengal, it is good to know that the concerned city residents are taking steps to protect themselves and their near & dear ones from the life – threatening disease.