Thursday, August 22, 2019 | ePaper

Ministers shouldn't take "dengue" lightly

  • Print
WHEN mosquito-borne viral fever claimed unofficially 77 lives and infected 30,000 patients, at that time our Ministers are divided over the intensity of dengue menace. Health Minister Zahid Maleque said that the dengue situation improved, while Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said on Tuesday that the number of dengue cases was increasing.
The discord between the Ministers expresses the cacophony in the coordination to combat dengue menace when people are dying without proper treatment and the hospitals are overcrowded and exhausted in providing basic treatment. Earlier we saw that - Health Minister arranged a foreign trip along with his family members leaving hundreds of dengue patients in an utmost uncertainty.
Meanwhile, the government has sought technical assistance from the World Health Organisation fearing spreading of the disease. What's true is that, the government's health emergency and operation centre control room is providing reports that dengue cases are increasing everyday. At least 11,451 people were hospitalised with the infection in the past six days of August. Besides, eight more people including five in the capital and one each in Rangpur and Dinajpur died of dengue on Tuesday. With these deaths, so far 77 people died of the disease, according to unofficial reports, but the government data say the death figure stands at 23. In total, so far 29,912 dengue patients were hospitalised this year, showed the control room data.
It is very hard to understand for us why the authorities concerned are playing hide and seek game regarding the fatal issue. There is no insecticide in the hands of DCCs which is capable to deal with Aedes mosquitoes till the date. Both the city corporations are allegedly spraying some ineffective insecticides using fogger machines. The WHO experts have already said that fogging is totally ineffective against Aedes mosquitoes.
Presently, several million of people have started leaving the capital and other cities to go to their village homes to celebrate Eid-ul Azha. We fear, virus of the dengue will travel along with the people even to the remote areas of the country. If so, the dengue menace would be out of control. We do urge the government not to take the issue lightly.

More News For this Category

Muhith can't be blamed, he is part of the system

National Board of Revenue has allowed former finance minister AMA Muhith to release an imported car under the duty-free scheme meant for the Members of Parliament. The NBR on

We have to see positive results in our relations with India

INDIAN External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday reconfirmed his government's stance on most-hyped Teesta water-sharing treaty that remained "unchanged" and "mutually acceptable formula" for sharing water of 54

Readers’ Forum

Departure is the regular routine of nature. Someone before, someone after. The mortal body mixes with the soil and with it, one has to tempt to pull from all

Equity In The Workplace

Taslim Ahammad :Equality in the workplace helps bring together workers from all different backgrounds, and lays all perspectives on the table. It promotes company networking, boosts morale, and builds

Kashmir Dispute

Mohammad Amjad Hossain :Unsolved Kashmir issue has flared up again following Indian administration of the BJP revoked Indian Constitutional Article 370 dislodging special status to Jammu and Kashmir without

Rohingya repatriation shouldn't be delayed

THE much complicated Rohingya repatriation process is set to begin on Thursday, around 10 months after the first attempt failed as the refugees refused to go back without assurance of

DCCs' dengue drama

AS Bangladesh, especially the capital is reeling under massive dengue outbreak, mobile courts run by Dhaka's two city corporations are penalising the residents keeping public places and government establishments hosting

Co-operative Farming

Md Bayazid Khan :The news that broke across the country recently is about a frustrated farmer who sets his paddy plants ablaze out of frustration of low price has shocked

Pre-primary Education

Gazi Md. Abdur Rashid :Pre-primary education is education that focuses on educating children from the ages of infancy until six years old. Pre-primary Education means that a enjoyable education preparation

Eid homegoers most sufferers this year

AMIDST the collapsed train schedule, transport shortage and allegations of extra charges on buses, people are suffering most while returning after celebrating Eid to their workstations, particularly Dhaka. Most trains