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Be aware of mosquito-borne diseases: Zahid

Published : 09 Jul 2019 09:45 PM | Updated : 06 Sep 2020 03:48 PM

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque on Tuesday advised people to be aware of mosquito menace saying they should take necessary steps by their own to save themselves from mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue. “As dengue outbreak is a little bit more this year than previous years…I would like to advise people of the country to take the necessary measures by their own in this regard to save themselves from the mosquito-borne disease,” he said this while talking to journalists after a meeting.

The meeting was held at ministry’s conference room at the secretariat in the capital over the preparedness of the observance of the National Mourning Day-2019 and martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. People are being admitted to different hospitals with mosquito-related diseases especially with Dengue fever as mosquito breeding has increased this rainy season, he said.

Authorities of all the hospitals concerned have been given directives to take necessary measures to combat Dengue, he said, adding: “Our doctors and nurses have been informed and given trainings to this end so that they can treat patients properly.” The minister also urged officials of city corporations to intensify mosquito control and cleanliness drive in the city in order to protect the city dwellers from the mosquito menace.

Director General (DG) of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Abul Kalam Azad said a total of 2,626 dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals this year. Of them, at least 551 patients are now undergoing treatment at those hospitals. He advised the people, who are suffering from fever, to examine themselves at the hospitals without any hesitation.

There are adequate arrangements for Dengue treatment in all private and government hospitals, he informed. Health Service Division Secretary Md Asadul Islam, Health Education and Family Welfare Division Acting Secretary Sheikh Yusuf Harun and Additional Secretary Habibur Rahman Khan were present at the meeting, among others.