Over 6,158 dengue patients admitted in hospitals this year

Published: October 01, 2018 18:58:33 | Updated: October 04, 2018 13:06:36

More than 6,158 dengue patients were admitted in different hospitals across the country this year.

According to Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room, most of the patients were admitted in the capital city and of them 16 people died, reports BSS on Monday.

Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Abul Kalam Azad admitted that the number of people suffering from dengue has increased a little bit in the city this time compared to the previous.

However, he said, the situation is still under control and people should not be panicked.

Dr Azad emphasised to put combined effort to check the situation in the country, especially in the city.

“We have taken necessary measures to combat the Aedes mosquitoes,” he added.

Stressing on keeping the homesteads and adjacent areas clean and dry, the DGHS chief said, such mosquitoes breed in stagnant, standing water often found around the homes.

They breed in cans, buckets, discarded tires and other sorts of containers holding stagnant water. We have to keep our place clean of such things, he said.

Director of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) Prof Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora said they have asked all the hospitals across the country to send daily reports on dengue and make the people aware about the causes, symptoms and ways to prevent such diseases.

IEDCR, along with diseases control unit of DGHS, Bureau of Health Education and Health Ministry are observing the situation closely and they have taken different steps, said the IEDCR chief.

“We have updated our website with the information and educative items about these. People will be able to learn about the treatment process of dengue from our website,” she added.

IEDCR also requested Dhaka city corporations to intensify their mosquito control operation and run awareness campaigns against mosquito to keep clean the city.

Meanwhile, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon said although the number of people suffering from dengue fever has gone up a little bit in the city compared to the previous years, the situation is still under control.

He also urged the city dwellers not to be panicked over the recent dengue outbreak.

The mayor recently inaugurated a two-week crash programme taken to eradicate Aedes mosquito larvae to control dengue outbreak in the capital.

“The crash programme will simultaneously continue at 57 wards across the city,” he said.

The representatives of the city corporation would go from house to house and destroy Aedes mosquito larvae and clear up their breeding grounds, he said.

Khokan said they will also make the city dwellers aware of the dangers of Aedes mosquito breeding and its outbreak.

He distributed leaflets among shopkeepers and students in the areas to create awareness about the adverse impacts of dengue.

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