Dengue cases decline across country

The number of newly hospitalized patients, infected with dengue virus, is declining as people are increasingly gaining knowledge on how to prevent the infection. According to the Directorate of Health Services (DGHS), 1446 new dengue patients were admitted to various hospitals in the country between Thursday and Friday morning (August 23) while 1597 new cases were admitted in the previous 24 hours (August 22) and 1626 new patients were admitted to different public and private hospitals on August 21 across the country.

Of the newly infected patients, 689 were in Dhaka and 775 patients were admitted to different hospitals outside in the capital. The total number of dengue patients admitted to hospitals this year has crossed 61,038 till Friday. According to official data, death toll due to dengue virus infection has reached 47, though reports from various parts of the country suggested higher number.

To address the dengue situation, Dhaka municipal authorities have played major roles to increase awareness among the city dwellers about Aedes mosquito breeding and taken various initiatives to destroy the breeding grounds of Aedes mosquito. The city corporations have already conducted different dengue awareness rallies, launched ‘Stop Dengue’ Apps, printed stickers on therapy, introduced mobile courts, imported new pesticides and cleanliness programme at different wards to prevent and reduce further dengue infections.

In order to strengthen the ongoing drive to prevent dengue infection, the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has purchased 350 new pesticide spraying machines, of those 200 are fogging machines.According to DNCC sources, the city corporations could not spray pesticides in full swing in all its 36 municipal areas due to lack of machines and mosquito controlling workers. The new spraying machines are already in use.

DNCC’s Chief Health Officer Brigadier General Md Mominur Rahman Mamun said, “City Corporation has imported these machines in the shortest possible time. About 150 newly imported manual spray machines have already been given to the mosquito killing workers and they are using it. But the fogging machines are yet to be used.