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Preventive measures result in zero dengue death this year

  • Published at 12:39 pm July 4th, 2020
File photo of dengue patients at a hospital in Dhaka Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Last year, 150 people died from the disease

No death from dengue has been reported so far as the government took time befitting measures to destroy Aedes mosquitoes this year while the number of dengue-infected patients was over 100,000 and over 150 people died of the mosquito-borne disease last year.

“Different cleanliness and awareness programs of the government and regular anti-Aedes drives of city corporations kept the dengue situation under control this year,” Assistant Director of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) health emergency operation centre and control room Ayesha Akhter told BSS.

Mentioning that a small number of people were infected with dengue across the country, she said: “A total of 326 patients tested positive for dengue this year till July 3. Of them, 324 patients returned home after recovery.

“Only two patients are now undergoing treatment due to dengue….no death from dengue was reported this year so far,” she added.

Last year, in the middle of the month of July, dengue fever caused the death of three people in the country and 908 dengue patients were undergoing treatment at different hospitals.

A total of 3,998 dengue patients were admitted to hospitals from January 1 to July 14, 2019, while a total of 152 dengue patients were admitted to hospitals in a day during that time, according to DGHS’s control room bulletin.

The country saw a severe dengue outbreak last year as 101,354 patients got admitted to hospitals across the country and 101,037 of them returned home till December 31.

The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) reported 148 deaths from dengue last year.

Amid the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus (Covid-19), two city corporations of Dhaka and other local government bodies across the country have been spearheading massive programs to safeguard the people from being affected with mosquito-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya.

Dhaka North and South city corporations have been carrying out multifaceted programs to destroy larvae and breeding grounds of Aedes mosquitoes.

A special 10-day cleanliness or combing drive was launched on June 6 at 54 wards in Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) area.

As many as 134,135 houses, establishments, and under-construction buildings were visited during that drive, said DNCC sources.

Larvae of aedes mosquitoes were found at 1,601 houses, establishments, and under-construction buildings, and congenial atmosphere for aedes mosquito breeding was found at 89,626 houses and establishments.

Congenial atmosphere for breeding prevails in 67% buildings and larvae were found at 1.2% buildings, said the sources, adding a total of Tk24.10 lakh was realized as fine from owners of the buildings where larvae were found during the drive.

Mosquito killing campaigns were also conducted at all the hospitals and clinics to keep patients, doctors, nurses, and others free from dengue.

On June 14, DSCC organized a campaign for cleaning wetlands and drains began to prevent the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes.

These types of initiatives reduced the breeding of mosquitoes on a massive scale, city corporation sources said.

The DNCC again started anti-mosquito drives in its areas on Saturday to prevent dengue outbreak as well as make the city clean and green.

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