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16 July, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 16 July, 2019 01:42:07 AM
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DNCC forms body to decide on dengue insecticides

DSCC opens hotline for dengue treatment at home
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

In order to monitor the selection of insecticides for mosquito control, insecticide performance testing and the procurement process, the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has formed a technical committee comprising 10 members. The decision was taken at a special meeting on ‘Mosquito control and use of insecticide’ at the DNCC office at Gulshan-2 area in the capital yesterday (Monday).

During the meeting, considering the overall situation, the experts suggested increasing the amount of insecticide when used for controlling mosquitoes till the next pesticide is

purchased.  DNCC mayor Md Atiqul Islam was the president of the committee. The DNCC’s chief health official was the member secretary.

At the meeting, the DNCC decided to purchase short-term, more effective pesticides before the buying long-term pesticides. Besides, it advised adding new pesticides in accordance with the norms of the World Health Organization (WHO).

During the meeting, DNCC CEO Md Abdul Hai, chief health officer Brig. Gen. Mominur Rahman Mamun, CDC director Prof. Samia Tahmina, director of Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control And Research (IEDCR) Prof. Mirzady Sabrina Flora, additional deputy director of Plant Protection Department, Mosharraf Hossain, and International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B)  associate scientist Dr Md. Shafiul Alam were present, among others. As of now, 4,549 dengue patients have been admitted to different hospitals in the capital this year. Among them, 3,471 were released after treatment. Currently, 1,075 patients are undergoing treatment in various hospitals in the city.

Three of them have died, including a doctor, according to data provided by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) control room.

Meanwhile, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon said, “If anyone gets affected by dengue in the DSCC area, just inform us by calling on the hotline (0961100099); health physicians will be at your home for providing healthcare free of cost.”

He said not just dengue patients, the physicians will also give primary healthcare for any kind of weather-related diseases during the period.

Sayeed Khokon was speaking at the inauguration of ‘Special primary health care 2019’ at the Nagar Bhaban of DSCC in the capital yesterday.

He said, “In order to ensure healthcare, we have formed a total of 68 medical teams. They will work to identify potential suspected dengue-infected patients and refer them to 476 health centres where primary treatment would be available.”

“If the physicians think the affected patients should be hospitalised, we will admit the patients to the Dhaka Shishu Hospital and Mohanagar General Hospital free of cost,” he said.

He, however, added that the degree of dengue infestation is much higher this year. “But there is no reason to panic. We’re trying our utmost to combat dengue.” He urged all to be aware about dengue and inform others.

“There’s no reason to be alarmed because 97 to 99 per cent patients have slight fever and recover within seven to 10 days,” he said, and hoped that “we will give a dengue-free city soon”.

However, the mayor asked the media not to inflate the number of deaths and to desist from scaring people. The High Court on Sunday directed the two city corporations in Dhaka to take initiatives within 24 hours to destroy all aedes mosquitoes to prevent dengue and chikungunya infections.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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