The number of dengue cases is increasing in the country. The average number of cases per month was 70.4. It suddenly more than doubled in June. 737 people were infected in June. The number of patients doubled in July. In August, it increased to 3,521 people. Meanwhile, the number of dengue cases and deaths may reach the highest peak in September, experts say.
Considering the current situation of dengue cases, the health department has clarified that it will not be possible to control dengue without mosquito control. The health department of Dhaka’s two city (south and north) corporations says that city dwellers should be more aware to avoid the spread of mosquitoes to prevent dengue. Otherwise there is no escape from this situation by raiding or spraying drugs.
According to the calculations of the Department of Health, from January 1 to September 11 of this year, a total of 7,951 dengue patients were admitted to public and private hospitals in the capital and across the country. Among these patients, 6 thousand 48 people are in Dhaka and 1 thousand 349 people are in different districts outside Dhaka. This year, 31 people have died of dengue till September 11.
In this regard, Deputy Chief Health Officer of Dhaka North City Corporation Lt. Colonel Md. Gholam Mustafa Sarwar said that usually August and September are the peak season for dengue. But since June this year, the infection is gradually increasing. However, the dengue outbreak will subside by early October. Although various initiatives have been taken by the city corporation, if the city dwellers are not aware; It will be a bit difficult to get rid of it if you don’t cooperate. Although the infection and death rate of dengue this year is less compared to other years, this official said.
Health expert Professor Dr. Farhad Manzoor said in this regard, Aedes mosquitoes do not grow in the water of the drain containing garbage. Rather, this mosquito grows in small and clear water. Therefore, if everyone cleans the accumulated water in their homes, dengue will be less if it is clean. Every city dweller should be more responsible in this regard.
Public health expert Dr. regarding the increase in dengue infection. Shatil Mohammad Siam said that dengue disease is mainly caused by the bite of the mosquito and the village mosquito is not the same. These city mosquitoes can lay eggs and grow in little water. For example, tin cans, flower tubs, even if there is very little water in them, mosquitoes can grow in them. Construction work is constantly going on in Dhaka city. During the construction work, water accumulates in various pits and trenches with drums in that area. which is not cleaned regularly. As a result dengue mosquitoes breed in those waters.
This expert doctor said that the operation is being conducted from the city corporation. Medicines are being sprayed, townspeople are being made aware. If the city dwellers take responsibility and clean the breeding places of these mosquitoes, if the accumulated water is thrown away regularly, the breeding of mosquitoes will be reduced. It will also reduce the incidence and death rate.
Asif Iqbal, a permanent resident of Central Road in Dhaka South City, said that the city corporation usually sprays medicine in the afternoon or evening. But as far as I know, dengue mosquito bites in the morning. And malaria mosquitoes bite in the afternoon or evening. So it is necessary to spray in the morning to reduce the number of dengue cases. Apart from this, numerous buildings are being built around, where the city corporation has no supervision. The owners of those buildings are also not proactive in disposing of the accumulated water properly. As a result, mosquitoes are increasing in these waters.
The director of the disease control branch of the Department of Health Professor Dr. Nazmul Islam said that dengue infection is increasing and it is also true that the infection rate is lower this year than last year. 31 people died of dengue this year. We don’t want a single person to die of dengue. We do not get information about all dengue patients. We receive reports of patients who come to the hospital for treatment. So, it is better to get admitted to the hospital if someone is infected with dengue. Staying in the hospital reduces the risk of death in a service.
Professor Nazmul said, the health department does two things to prevent dengue, firstly, treating dengue patients in hospitals. It is doing well. Our doctors and health workers are updated through training in the treatment of dengue patients. Secondly, a survey was conducted in Dhaka city in different seasons by the Directorate of Health. According to the survey report, mosquito infestation was equally found in both north and south cities.
In January this year, 126 dengue patients were admitted to the hospital, 20 in February, 20 in March and 23 in April. After that, the infection started to rise again from May, 163 people were hospitalized due to dengue in that month, 737 people in June, 1 thousand 571 people in July and 3 thousand 521 people in August. And 850 people have been infected till the 6th of September. So far (September 6) 31 people have died. In 2019, the highest number of people infected with dengue in the whole country was 1 lakh 1 thousand 354 people and 179 people died of dengue.