Misplaced priorities of media in Dengue death: negligence in prevention of thousands OR complications in treatment of one very sick?


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.        

        

       

6 thoughts on “Misplaced priorities of media in Dengue death: negligence in prevention of thousands OR complications in treatment of one very sick?

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  1. It’s like passing the bucks. The successive governments have failed to provide reasonable health care to the masses and these types of issues are raised just to divert public attention from their failure and passing the blame to the private doctors and hospitals who are largely responsible for providing healthcare to the public.
    The governments should focus on their responsibility towards the health of public rather than finding faults with private healthcare providers.

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  2. Very unfortunate incident and my deep condolences to parents who have lost the child.
    Let the expert committee decide whether use of those number PPEs and consumables in critical care unit were justified and the medical condition of patient demanded so.
    Hospital and doctors treat patients with good intention and the hospital charges may be justified and according to hospital tariff policy.
    Media can’t be biased and put all the blame on the hospital till the facts are proved.

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  3. People with no understanding of ICU functioning , or the disesae, are commenting on happenings in this case. Media should use resources before publishing such stories

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  4. Dengue is a disease which is preventable.But due failure of government to timely take actions has led to such a deadly disease epidemic.so I feel it is the govt. To be blamed for every case of dengue. India has been a country of foolish people and misused and misguided by politicians for there vested interest.

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