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Dengue, Chikungunya season time for Health Industry

Reference : Dr Javed Jamil

Dengue, Chikungunya season time for Health Industry

The global system revolves around what I call “Economic Fundamentalism”, and the economic fundamentalists are less interested in preventing problems and more keen to manage them. They first commercialise problems and then they commercialise solutions. 

Dengue,
Chikungunya
season
time for
Health
Industry
It is for more than 5 years since I stopped clinical practice to devote myself to intellectual and social pursuits of different kinds. Before this I worked as a Physician for around 28 years. Come May every year, and my doctor colleagues would start preparing for the “Season Time”. The Pharmaceutical Companies would increase their campaigns. Gifts would flow to the doctors in the hope that they would prescribe medicines to their companies. Monsoon season brings showers of wealth on the Health Industry.   
 
Like every year in the rainy season, viral fevers including Dengue and Chikungunya and Malaria have again hit the country. It is not without reason that a country which boasts of being a Nuclear Power and one of the biggest and most growing economies of the world is still swarmed by mosquitoes and flies, and infectious diseases still kill hundreds of thousands ever year. The global system revolves around what I call “Economic Fundamentalism”, and the economic fundamentalists are less interested in preventing problems and more keen to manage them. They first commercialise problems and then they commercialise solutions. At the world level, the industries first earn through cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, sex and gambling and then they earn through the management and treatment of the diseases caused by them. In West, infectious diseases caused by mosquitoes and flies got controlled several decades back during the planned infrastructural development. But in India, these still kill because the health industry earns billions out of them. The Health experts do not put enough pressure on the governments to run mosquito eradication programmes the way these should be pursued.
 
The world organisations, working in the field of public  health, like WHO, World Population Fund, UNICEF, etc. seem to have been established less with the objective of saving the people from diseases, death and destruction, and more with the aim of safeguarding the economic fundamentalists. These organisations may or may not accept it publicly, but the truth is that a certain game-plan can be deciphered in almost all their campaigns. It is certainly not without reason that the likes of the animated, high-cost and worldwide movements that have been regularly run for eradication of smallpox, poliomyelitis, diphtheria, pertussis, rabies, etc., have not been planned for eradication of malaria, tuberculosis, syphilis, gonorrhoea, amoebiasis and worm infestation, in spite of the fact that the latter have been responsible for more mortalities than the former. The diseases in the first group have no medical cure and the vaccines that have been developed can be best sold through public health programmes. The diseases in the second group, on the other hand, have medical treatment available in the market and the eradication of these diseases would cause high losses to the pharmaceuticals where manufacturing and marketing of antibiotics, anti-tubercular drugs, anti-malarials, anti-amoebiasis, anti-pyretics and anti-spasmodics fetch them billions of dollars every year. This is also why the international organisations continue to pressurise the developing countries for adopting more effective population control measures and running big vaccination programmes but they hardly ever raise issues of sanitation.
 
It is also not without ulterior motives that it is only the secondary prevention that is stressed; primary prevention is mercilessly side-lined. Thus campaigns at national and international level are launched only for secondary prevention. The programmes of the nature of primary prevention, such as maintenance of sanitary conditions, anti-mosquito drives, avoidance of promiscuity, smoking, drinking, gambling etc. are either not initiated at all or if the enormity of the problem compels them to take some action, it is at a substantially lower scale. The primary prevention, obviously, is inimical to the market forces, for it can lead to momentous damage to the production. Even the illiterate know that low sanitary conditions are responsible for the majority of diseases in the developing countries. Yet, no projects of the intensity and magnitude of the "Pulse Polio" or smallpox eradication campaigns are prepared and implemented to improve sanitation in the rural and suburban localities.
 
Mosquitoes are notorious creatures as they cause great panic every year in most of the third world countries. They cause much bigger problems than polio. Still there have been no efforts whatsoever to run programmes to eradicate mosquitoes on the lines of pulse polio programmes. Health industry does not seem to be interested in prevention campaigns against mosquito born diseases, and other infectious diseases like Tuberculosis. If special nationwide drives against mosquitoes are planned for the whole year, surely the mosquito menace can be substantially reduced. From February onwards, for example, 10th of every month can be declared “anti-mosquito day” with popular campaigns to cover all the pits in nearby areas, use of mosquito killing sprays and cleaning of coolers and air conditioners in all the urban as well as rural residential areas. This must continue till October, with campaigns in July-September months run every fortnight (10th and 25th of every month).
 
If such campaigns are not run by the government, public organizations should take it on themselves to run these campaigns in their residential areas. This will improve the hygiene in general and will be of great help in avoiding viral infections including Dengue and malaria in addition to all other infection related diseases.
 

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