Prevention is better than cure. There is lot of discussions going on about dengue death in newspapers and media. It is all about again, about ritual of doctor bashing and ill things said about treatment and so on. Although doctors have realized to live with such painful criticism, which is largely unjustified but truth of this era. But some one with more wisdom and specially media has to realize that they are targeting a wrong cause. Without proper root cause analysis, problem will not be solved, rather they will destroy the possibility of correction as well.
I just want to draw the attention, that so much of furor by media is directed to the wrong pole. If media has thought of in rational way and invested same kind of their energy and zeal on the root cause of dengue it self, they could have saved thousands. That is the prevention of dengue fever. Times of India shows on the side of this news, another column on the same page that is about 8549 dengue cases in Delhi alone . Actual figures may have been higher. Going by simple common sense, if we had done something to prevent dengue or mosquito control, the problem of patients visiting hospitals in sick state and unfortunate situation of so called negligence and treatment related problem will not arise. A lethal disease was generated and allowed to progress.
Strangely, treatment details of a very sick patients, after the disease has already struck and trying to find some thing wrong are of great interest to media and public. No body is worried about the strategies that should have been adopted to prevent thousands from the disease, by timely preventive interventions. Real cure lies in preventing mosquito to bite rather finding problems with treatment protocols of doctors after disease has progressed, who are already hard pressed in such difficult circumstances.
Public and media will have to understand the basic priority, whether they want the prevention of the root cause of sufferings of thousands of patients or want some scapegoat among those who were trying to save the patient. Consequences of negligence in preventing of such diseases are huge and massively destructive to thousands of lives. Once disease has struck, one can foresee futility of this exercise of blaming the doctors. Excessive and unjustified criticism of the saviours is not doing good to any one. A good strategy to prevent such common diseases will save more people . But if current trend of blame game continues, there will be doctors in future but no saviours in real sense.