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A H Khan

Published:
2018-09-08 12:06:17 BdST

Nothing to be panicked over dengue: experts


Health experts today urged the people not to be panicked over the current dengue outbreak rather put combined effort to check it in the city.

“Although the number of people suffering from dengue fever has increased a little bit in the city this time compared to the previous years, the situation is still under control and people should not be panicked,” Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) 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,” Dr Ayesha of Public Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room told BSS.

Dr Azad said, “We have taken necessary measures to combat the Aedes mosquitoes.”

Emphasising on keeping the homesteads and adjacent areas clean and dry he said, such mosquitoes breed in stagnant, standing fresh water often found around the homes. They breed in cans, buckets, discarded tires and other sorts of containers holding stagnant water. We have to keep our place clean of such things.

Director of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) Prof Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora said, they have asked all the 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.

IEDCR, along with diseases control unit of DGHS, Bureau of Health Education and Health Ministry are observing the situation closely and they have taken different steps, said the IEDCR boss.

“We have updated our website with the information and educative items about these. People will be able to learn about the treatment process of dengue from our website,” she added.

IEDCR also requested Dhaka city corporations to intensify their mosquito control operation and run awareness campaigns against mosquito to keep clean the city.

“Although the number of people suffering from dengue fever has increased a little bit in the city compared to the previous years, the situation is still under control,” Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon told BSS.

He urged the city dwellers not to be panicked 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 will 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 will 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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