A team from the National Malaria Elimination and Aedes Transmitted Disease Control Program of the Communicable Disease Control (CDC) unit of DGHS conducted a survey in Dhaka this month
After completing a monsoon dengue survey for Dhaka City, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) is planning to conduct a survey in the Barisal and Khulna division.
A team from the National Malaria Elimination and Aedes Transmitted Disease Control Program of the Communicable Disease Control (CDC) unit of DGHS conducted a survey in Dhaka this month.
DGHS CDC Deputy Program Manager Afsana Alamgir Khan said that they had benefited from the pre monsoon survey conducted in March, and hence conducted a monsoon survey from 19 to 28 July.
The result would be prepared within the first two weeks of August, she added.
She said: “After Dhaka, we are planning to conduct surveys at Barisal and Khulna.”
They are hoping to start the survey by the second week of August.
Asked why Barishal and Khulna, she said during the devastating dengue prevalence last year they observed that after Dhaka, Khulna and Barisal were the worst hit divisions.
According to the officer, Dhaka witnessed some 51% of the total infected while 49% were outside Dhaka city.
The worst hit divisions were Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong, and Rajshahi.
Dr Afsana told Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday that the health officials at all the districts would be asked to send the dengue scenario and potential Aedes breeding grounds survey to Dhaka within early next month.
The official termed the situation in 2019 as a lesson, and said, hence they made prior preparation for this year.
They sent some 52,600 kits to the district level hospitals so that the cases could be identified immediately.
According to DGHS control data, some 345 people have been identified with dengue infection till now in this year. Among them 273 are from Dhaka city while 30 are from Dhaka division but outside Dhaka city.
Khulna division has 15 cases while Chittagong and Mymensingh have 11 cases each. Barisal till now identified some 3 cases.
“We want to identify as many cases as we can to ensure proper treatment for the patients,” the official said.
For this, a meeting has already been conducted in May where the Civil Surgeon and government hospital authorities have been asked to do a dengue test along with Covid 19 tests if any person seems suspected of symptoms.
They also asked to revive the dengue corner and keep the dengue treatment team prepared, she added.
Pointing on Covid-19 situation, Dr Afsana said the actual number of dengue infections could not be known immediately for the emerging situation. But it is obvious that the patients are comparatively much lower than the previous year.
But the current situation brings some benefits as well. Due to social distancing and staying at home, people keep their homes clean and as such finding the breeding places becomes easier.
“Besides, as people take fluid during the prevailing time, I believe the number of serious cases is much lower. Till now, only one death was caused by dengue which has already been dismissed by IEDCR,” she added.