Nothing to be scared of dengue: Tajul

Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives Minister Md Tajul Islam Sunday urged all concerned not to be scared of dengue fever as the government is working on to cope with the menace, reports BSS.

“We have nothing to be scared of dengue fever . . . Two city corporations – Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) – are working to restore comfort in civic life with taking pragmatic steps, ” the minister said while presiding over a meeting on water logging, cleanliness of drains and drives against mosquito.

He added: “Prior to the rainy season, all drains have been cleaned. As we want to build a comfortable city we are trying to modernize all the roads of new wards earlier included in the jurisdictions of the two city corporations.”

DSCC Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon, DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam, Local Government Division Secretary Helauddin Ahmmed and senior officials of both the city corporations took part in the programme.

Speaking on the occasion, Mayor Sayeed Khokon said no such situation has been created till now which might frighten the people about dengue and chikungunya as it is possible to control the diseases with taking institutional initiatives and creating mass awareness.

“Considering the dengue situation, the DSCC was divided into four divisions (parts) with the appointment of 28 community ambassadors, seven of them for each division. They will spray pesticides used to control the mosquitoes”, he added.

He informed the meeting that a total of 150 medical teams have also been constituted to oversee the dengue fever at ward level and they would start working from July 15.

All hospitals have been directed to provide necessary treatment for the dengue fever as the DSCC will bear all expenses at free of cost, the mayor added.

DNCC mayor Atiqul Islam termed the prevention of dengue fever as a big challenge and said, “We’ll make the city free from mosquitoes with the help of all city dwellers.”

City corporations will also distribute booklets and leaflets among the city dwellers to make them aware of dengue symptoms, Islam added.

It is reported that the dengue situation in the country is getting worse this year as the number of infected people have been more than doubled last month, compared to the same period last year.

As many as 155 people were infected with dengue last month and also 586 more till the 23rd of this month.

However, the number was 52 in May and 295 in June last year, said a report of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Experts said climate change effects, intermittent rain, pattern of weather and lack of cleanliness were the main reasons for the sudden rise of dengue cases.

DGHS survey found high presence of Aedes mosquito in the capital.