Public awareness a must to deal with dengue: Tajul

Published : 30 Nov 2022 07:26 PM

To deal with the dengue situation, we all need to participate as well as build public awareness. Everyone should work together to fight dengue and other preventable diseases. Everyone needs to be more aware on a personal level.

On Wednesday morning at an elite hotel in the capital, the 'Bangladesh Urban Public Health System' was implemented by Save the Children in Bangladesh and Safenet, a joint initiative of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC). Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Md Tajul Islam said this at the seminar titled 'Mayor Dialogue: Urban Public Health System Challenges and Ways of Transition' under the Strengthening Programme.

The minister said that all the city corporations will continue their normal operations from their positions to deal with the dengue situation. In other years, the dengue situation would have improved if the rains had ended. This year's experience seems to be exceptional. Therefore, a few days ago, the research papers of many domestic and foreign institutions, including Monash University in Australia, are being reviewed and the opinions of Bangladeshi entomologists are being taken. The local government minister said that Bangladesh Awami League, the leading party of independence, came to power in 1996 and made the country self-sufficient in food. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the country will become a developed country by 2041. The government is working with that goal in mind. The quality of service in the health sector should be improved. Along with urban health, we need to make our health care effective across the country. He urged to reach all facilities of health care at the local level.

US Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter D. Haas was the special guest on the occasion and Muhammad Ibrahim, Secretary of Local Government Department presided over the event. 

Mayors of various city corporations, chief executive officers and chief health officers, US CDC country director Dr. were also present in this meeting. Susan Kaydos Daniels, Country Director of Save the Children in Bangladesh Ono Van Manen, Country Head of SafeNet Bangladesh, leading public health experts in the country, representatives of various development aid organizations and senior officials of local government departments.