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15 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 15 August, 2019 01:38:49 AM
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Dengue outbreak is still serious

UP UNTIL 2018, THE DENGUE OUTBREAK WAS LIMITED TO THE CAPITAL ONLY, THIS YEAR IT HAS BECOME A NATIONWIDE PROBLEM

Two days before Eid on Friday, according to a report of this newspaper yesterday, 2,176 known dengue patients were admitted to hospitals across the country with more and more patients making a losing battle against this viral disease developing dengue hemorrhagic fever or shock syndrome.

In South Asia this year, the intensity of the disease outbreak is much greater than the previous few years, but it does not mean that relevant authorities in Bangladesh were all alert to tackle the disease. Even in June when the disease was spreading in a major way, the two city corporations were hardly seen effectively killing mosquitoes. On the contrary, many responsible persons of the government made funny comments relating dengue that angered the people.

The outbreak of the disease this time was so huge, the hospitals in the capital, public or private, were virtually grappling with huge number of patients coming for admission daily. That also created panic among people. They were helpless. On the one hand, there was hardly seen any effective measure to kill mosquitoes and on the other hand hospitals did not have capacity to admit and treat patients.

More seriously, this time the fever spread all across the country. Up until 2018, the dengue outbreak was limited to the capital only, this year it has become a nationwide problem.

The time is now middle of August and in October, it is expected that this monsoonal disease would automatically disappear. But it is well advised that the relevant authorities, including the city corporations in Dhaka and elsewhere as well as all municipalities of the country, would learn from this year’s failure and take all-out measures to control mosquitoes round the year, not just in the monsoon. The dengue fever has now become such an endemic problem.  

Moreover, at this point of time if battle against dengue is relaxed thinking that the fever outbreak is largely controlled as the authorities are claiming, this can spell disaster. Every passing day patients in their thousands are getting infected by the fever and these patients should be given life saving care everywhere. The health ministry will have to ensure that precisely.    

 

 

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