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DSCC launches anti-Aedes campaign

Dengue spreading fast: 22 dead

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Number of patients specially children on rise at the hospitals as Dengue turned epidemic. This photo was taken from the Holy Family Hospital on Sunday.

Md Joynal Abdin Khan with Abdul Alim :
The number of death of dengue patients has increased across the country alarmingly in recent days.
At least 22 people died in last seventh months this year, while the figure of dengue death was five during the correspondent period of the previous year, Mirzadi Sabrina, Director of Institute of Epidemiology Control and Research (IEDCR), told The New Nation on Saturday evening.
"A total of 3,461 people were infected by dengue in last 18 days, while 1,770 infected in June and 184 in May this year. The total infected patients were recorded around 10,000 last year," she said, quoting a survey report of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
Meanwhile, a research report of ICDDR,B conducted in last two years, claimed that the repellent medicine to use for destroying the breeding of mosquitoes has been failed.
Some 6,489 people have already been affected by dengue fever between January 1 and July 21 in the capital, while 6,544 people affected across the country. Of them, three persons died, including a physician, said its Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room Assistant Director Dr Ayesha Akter.
An infant Mazedul Islam, 3, died while undergoing treatment in the city's Square Hospital on July 2, said the deceased's father Monirul Islam, Branch Manager, Agura Supershop, Kakrail Outlet.
Besides, Senior Physician Dr Niger Nahid Dipu also died in the same hospital on July 2.
Two persons died in the city's BRB Hospital and Asgor Ali Hospital in the last week of April this year.
According to DGHS report, from January 1 to July 21, some 6,489 people were affected and underwent treatment at different hospitals in the capital.
Among them, 3,348 were under treatment at private hospitals. A total of 6,544 people were affected in the country.
As per previous years' reports of the DGHS, some 375 people are   affected in 2014, 3,162 in 2015, 6,060 in 2016, 2,769 in 2017 and 6,479 in 2018 respectively.   Dr. Ayesha Akter told The New Nation, "Generally dengue spreads through Aedes mosquito' and it intensifies between April and June. People are mostly affected in September-October."
She warned that the number of dengue patients might rise further this year.
The DGHS collected information from 36 private hospitals in the capital, 13 government hospitals and others 8 divisional government hospitals.
A total of 882 dengue patients have been undergoing treatment in Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) this year till July 21. Around 307 patients are still undergoing treatment in the hospital while 575 patients were released during the same time.
Both the DSCC and DNCC authorities have mentioned that "Very high density of population in Dhaka is favourable for breeding of Aedes mosquito'. Mosquito lays eggs on stagnant water."
The DGHS has identified DNCC's Tejgaon, Turag, Pallabi, Moghbazar, Uttara, Gulshan, Banani, Kafrul, Khilgaon, Rampura, Mirpur, Pirerbagh, Mohammadpur, Shewrapara, Kazipara, Banani and Baridhara areas as breeding grounds for Aedes mosquitoes.
And also favourable for breeding in the DSCC's Doyaganj, Narinda, Swamibagh, Gendaria, Dakkhin Mugdapara, Basabo, Maniknagar Biswa Road, She-e-Bangla Nagar, Hazaribagh, Ramna, Segunbagicha, Shahbagh, Farashganj, Shyampur and Uttar Jatrabari.
DNCC and DSCC Chief Health Officers said that they are spraying aerosols by 'poger man' and launching awareness campaigns involving mosque Imams and school teachers to tackle mosquitoes.
They said, if the affected people feel pain in the stomach and suffer diarrhoea, they have to be taken to hospital immediately.
Meanwhile, the DSCC launched a campaign to destroy the breeding grounds of Aedes mosquito responsible for dengue on Sunday.
"From today, our inspection team from the 57 Wards, accompanied by a Health Department team, will visit different homes," DSCC Mayor Sayeed Khokon said this while inaugurating the campaign in front of the city's Padma Hospital.
Sayeed Khokon said, "A team will clean 30 homes and commercial buildings each day.  Thus, a total of 25,000 houses will be cleaned to destroy Aedes mosquito in 15 days."
He said,  "A total of 68 mobile medical teams are working on the ground. We've so far treated some 21,057 patients. Dengue patients have found in some areas."
The Mayor also urged the neighbouring city corporations to work concertedly to eliminate Aedes mosquito.
"We want our city to be free from dengue," he said, adding, "Everyone needs to work together for this."

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