Delhi goat-milk sellers make a killing over dengue scare

Asian Journal - - Asia -

New Delhi: Can pa­paya plant leaves and goat milk cure dengue? There is no sci­en­tific an­swer to this, but the sales of both have in­creased phe­nom­e­nally in the cap­i­tal as the mos­quito-borne dis­ease has seen a spurt. Delhi’s civic bod­ies have so far con­firmed only five dengue deaths in the na­tional cap­i­tal and the num­ber of cases as 1,872. How­ever, in­de­pen­dent in­quiries by IANS have con­firmed 18 deaths till Thurs­day evening in the city. Since there is no spe­cific vac­cine or drug to pre­vent dengue, peo­ple are look­ing for al­ter­na­tive or nat­u­ral home reme­dies to con­trol the dan­ger­ous dis­ease. “It is men­tioned in our books that goat milk helps in re­cov­er­ing fast from dengue fever as the milk is light and easy to di­gest,” Ayurveda prac­ti­tioner Dr. Aftab Ah­mad told IANS. Fol­low­ing sug­ges­tions by tra­di­tional heal­ers that goat milk may be ben­e­fi­cial to peo­ple in­fected with dengue, its price in the cap­i­tal has re­port­edly soared to Rs.2,000 per litre from RFs.800 a litre a few days back, while a dry, shriv­elled blade of pa­paya leaf is avail­able for Rs.500. “The goat milk is be­ing sold at Rs.500-Rs.2, 000 per litre in Malviya Na­gar and ad­join­ing ar­eas,” Goat breed­ers Jai Kis­han said.

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