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22 July, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Dengue fear increases

Dengue fear increases

Reports from the city hospitals are enough to terrify residents of the capital – more than 200 patients are being admitted ever day with dengue. The mosquito borne ailment may turn into an epidemic with the city corporations, both DSCC and DNCC, giving it a top priority.

However, there have been recent reports that the repellent used by the city corporations are ineffective. This is outrageous because this is not the first dengue outbreak in the country. When the authority is aware that there is a recrudescence of dengue every two/three years, they should have imported potent mosquito killing agents long time ago for emergency usage. The authority must take the blame because mosquitoes are proliferating while the drives to kill them are proving futile. Reportedly, when dengue is already out of control, there is talk of importing powerful medicines. Needless to say, if a repellent has to be brought then it should be done in a week at the most. The efforts by Dhaka South City Corporation, DSCC, to open a hotline to provide instant help is laudable but just sending help is not the answer. Prevention comes before treatment and that is where a glaring irregularity is noticed.

With the current situation, Dhaka city corporations should have hundreds of mobile mosquito killing teams operating round the clock. Unfortunately, many residents are adopting desperate but temporary measures like burning twigs to create smoke aimed at killing mosquito larvae. Obviously, these methods are no barrier against dengue. The silence of ward commissioners on the matter is also reprehensible. The first awareness drive should come from ward administrators with leaflets, awareness raising visits by health workers and so on. Also, city corporations used contradictory lines, stating around a month ago that the situation was under control but saying now that this year dengue infected numbers have soared. Such conflicting lines only deepen the crisis because residents are fooled into a sense of false safety.

At this moment, an emergency has to be declared with drives all across the city to clean possible breeding areas. Disconcertingly, many victims of dengue are children who may have been bitten by mosquitoes when they are in school or out playing. Schools need to take steps of their own and declare their premises free of dengue through a variety of actions from awareness raising among students to complete fumigation.

 

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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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