• Wednesday, Sep 30, 2020
  • Last Update : 12:07 pm

DGHS to conduct monsoon dengue survey in Barisal and Khulna

  • Published at 07:50 pm July 30th, 2020
mosquito dengue
Bigstock

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.

54
53
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail