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2018-09-04 06:30:32 BdST

Dengue on the rise: Khokon advices not to panic

Amid rise of Dengue fever in Dhaka city, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon said on Monday taht the situation is not out of hand.

While inaugurating a special crash programme on Aedes mosquito larvae and breeding ground control at Dhaka’s Eskaton area, the mayor said the number of Dengue fever patients have risen this year compared to the last 3 years.

“The number of Dengue patients has increased, but the situation is not dangerous. People should not even panic. Last year, there were many Chikunguniya cases, which is not the case this time,” mayor Khokon said.

He advised the city dwellers to be more attentive to control these deceases and advised to clean all water storing objects including tires, flower pots and AC outlets.

“There should not be any stagnant water for more than 5 days. Aedes mosquitoes breed in these waters. Your awareness can save the life of your loved ones,” the mayor added.

Mayor Khokon told reporters that the city corporation has launched mosquito control crash programmes in 57 wards of the city at the same time.

He added that city corporation officials will destroy aedes mosquito habitats if the find any during house visits.

The Dhaka south mayor also called on Dhaka North City Corporation to launch Dengue control programmes.

“Mosquitoes can travel anywhere. With combined efforts, we can have a Dengue free city. For that, we need the assistance of Dhaka dwellers,” he added.

After launching the crash programme, the mayor himself took on a spraying machine to apply pesticides in the under construction Naval information centre in the area. Later on, he distributed awareness pamphlets to passerby and local businesses.

Representatives from the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society joined the mayor in the event.

DSCC chief health officer Brig Gen Sheikh Salah Uddin, councillors Kamruzzaman Kazal, Hasibur Rahman Manik and other corporation officials also accompanied the mayor.

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