DENGUE – A True Story (by Dr Sibtein Moledina)
Reported by: Aamir Kanji
On the16th of February 2019, Mahdi Health Initiative organized a health seminar on the recently prevalent disease of Dengue. The seminar took place at the Chilli N Spice Multipurpose Hall from 8.00 PM onwards and was attended by 23 people in total.
The session was conducted by one of our renowned specialist physicians, Dr. Sibtain Moledina, who handles Dengue cases on a regular basis in his daily practice. As such, his experience and knowledge are very valuable and we were honored to have him as the speaker for the event.
The purpose of the seminar was to educate the general population on the disease, how it is transmitted, its management, as well as to advise the public on measures of caution and how to prevent the spread of the disease. A special highlight of the session was the section where False Myths regarding Dengue that are practiced in the local community were debunked. One such myth heard a lot is that papaya extracts and papaya leaf juice treats dengue. In reality, it has no effect on the dengue itself. At the end of the seminar, the attendees were given a chance to ask any question they had on the topic to understand the disease further.
Overall the session was very fruitful and the participants felt that they gained a lot from it. Being a prevalent disease presenting in regular outbreaks in Dar-es-salaam, both the speaker as well as the participants felt that the session on Dengue was very useful and a platform where many of the doubts on the topic were cleared.
Health awareness is one of the lead objectives of Mahdi Health Initiative and we will continue to organize similar sessions for the benefit of the community. We encourage more people to continue attending the seminars to know more about our health and the various diseases and disorders that affect our bodies. This will in turn empower us to make healthier choices and take measures to maintain a healthy and disease free lifestyle. We look forward to work with you all in building a self-aware and healthier community.