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23 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Tech support to tackle dengue

TO TACKLE DENGUE, A COHESIVE MOVEMENT IS NEEDED
Tech support to tackle dengue

This year, dengue outbreak in an unprecedented scale has sent a warning: unless we are prepared in all areas with necessary equipment and strategies, mosquitoes will continue to wreak havoc on human life. Dengue has been a common ph enomenon in our lives for about a decade, but this year, the enormity of the problem has become evident since a record number of people have simply died from an evolved form of dengue virus, resulting in complete failure of the human bodily functions.

Known as the shock syndrome, dengue has taken a sinister turn and ceases to be just high fever lasting six to seven days. At such a stage, the nation declared a total focus on the matter though the authority realised rather late that they are dealing with an almost intractable scourge.

To tackle dengue, a cohesive movement is needed and one aspect of it is the usage of technology to detect and record areas which have high prevalence of breeding grounds. Already, an app called ‘Stop Dengue’ is in operation and anyone can upload a photo of a breeding ground, which the server will then match with satellite maps and locate the area. This is a much needed step indeed though it has to reach all mobile phone users.

The government should ensure that along with certain default apps, this is included in all new mobile sets so any person will be able to use it. This should also be publicised, using social media and other net based platforms.

One idea can be to start a Facebook page, asking users to load pictures and information about abandoned homes or derelict water bodies across the city. This page can be linked to the city corporation so the mosquito termination teams can move as soon as information about a new spawning ground is uploaded.

From another angle, area wise dengue eradication drives can also be driven with the help of ward commissioners offices. If city-corporation provides the repellent then wards can mobilise people and use area-based teams to locate and destroy mosquito breeding grounds.

In such cases, workers can be paid by taking Tk. 20 from each house and Tk. 50 from each commercial establishment in a ward. In addition, the city corporation with help from leading media houses should regularly publish and update maps of zones which face the biggest danger.

 

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Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
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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