Dengue menace on rise

Health minister requests citizens to destroy aedes habitats

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jun 25,2019 | Updated: 00:45, Jun 25,2019

 
 

At least 853 dengue patients were hospitalised in the capital since January and two of them died in April.

And at least 741 of the dengue patients were hospitalized in the capital since May, 586 of them in the first 23 days of June and 155 others in May.

‘We are concerned about the dengue menace,’ said health minister Zahid Maleque while  releasing the data at a news conference at his office on Monday.

‘We are working with the two city corporations for coordinated action in sensitizing the public about how to destroy aedes mosquito habitats at their homes and neighbourhoods, carrying out  aedes mosquito survey, dengue treatment guideline and training of doctors,’ he said.

Aedes mosquito is the vector of dengue and chikungunya viruses.

Aedes mosquito breeds in in man-made clean water-filled cans, pots, cups, flower tubs, coconut shells and tyres in and around urban homes.

Unlike other mosquitoes, aedes bites mostly in  day light. Its peak biting period is two hours after sunrise and two hours before dusk.

Health Services director for communicable diseases Sanya Tahmina said that hot and humid weather increases dengue infection.

She said that female aedes mosquitos become  more reproductive in hot and humid weather when the incubation period of dengue larva also gets shorter.

She said destroying the habitats of aedes was the best way to get rid of dengue.

Last year, dengue infection saw a record rise, the highest since 2000 with at least 26 people dying out of 10,148 patients getting hospitalised in the capital alone in 2018.

Survey done by the Communicable Disease Wing of the Health Services found high presence of aedes mosquitos across the capital.

Sanya said the survey findings showed that the situation was no different this year either.

She said another survey would be done now to determine the situation.

Speaking at the news conference, health officers of the two city corporations claimed that their mosquito control activities had been geared up  including of spraying larvicide and fogging.

They said awareness of citizens were crucial to control dengue as aedes breeds in and around their homes.

Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research director Sabrina Flora told New Age that no chikungunya case was reported this year until now.

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