Health experts today urged the people not to panic over the current dengue outbreak and to rather put in a combined effort to check it in the city.
‘Although the number of people suffering from dengue fever has increased a little in the city this time compared to the previous years, the situation is still under control and people should not panic,’ director general of Directorate General of Health Services Abul Kalam Azad told BSS.
‘So far, we received information about more than 3000 dengue cases from different hospitals in the capital where 11 people died,’ doctor of public health emergency operation centre and control room Ayesha told BSS.
Abul Kalam Azad said, ‘We have taken necessary measures to combat the spread of Aedes mosquitoes.’
Emphasising on keeping the homesteads and adjacent areas clean and dry, he said that such mosquitoes bred in stagnant, standing fresh water often found around the homes. ‘They bred in cans, buckets, discarded tires and other sorts of containers holding stagnant water. We have to keep all places free of such things.’
Director of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research Professor Meerjady Sabrina Flora said that they had asked all hospitals across the country to send daily reports on dengue and make the people aware about the causes, symptoms and ways to prevent such diseases.
The IEDCR, along with the disease control unit of the DGHS, Bureau of Health Education and Health Ministry, were observing the situation closely and had taken different steps, said the IEDCR boss.
‘We have updated our website with information and educative items relating to the disease. People will be able to learn about the treatment process of dengue from our website,’ she added.
The IEDCR also requested Dhaka city corporations to intensify their mosquito control operations and run awareness campaigns against spread of mosquitoes to keep clean the city.
‘Although the number of people suffering from dengue fever has increased a little bit in the city compared to previous years, the situation is still under control,’ Dhaka South City Corporation mayor Sayeed Khokon told BSS.
He urged the city dwellers not to panic over the recent dengue outbreak as he recently inaugurated a two-week crash programme taken to eradicate Aedes mosquito larvae to control dengue outbreak in the capital.
The crash programme would simultaneously continue at 57 wards across the city, he said, adding that the representatives of the city corporation would go from house to house and destroy Aedes mosquito larvae and clear up their breeding grounds.
Khokan said they would also make the city dwellers aware of the dangers of Aedes mosquito breeding and its outbreak. He distributed leaflets among shopkeepers and students in the area to create awareness about the adverse impacts of dengue.
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