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Dengue menace: HC dissatisfied with DCCs preventive measures

  • Published at 12:58 am August 19th, 2019
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File photo: Dengue patients receive treatment at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital in Dhaka Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

A total of 53,182 people have been affected by dengue so far in 2019 since January 1

The High Court has expressed its dissatisfaction over the measures taken by the Dhaka's two city corporations to prevent dengue.  

The High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader made the comments on Sunday while hearing on a suo moto move taken by the court early this month after Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar submitted a progress report of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on the measures taken by them to prevent dengue outbreak.

The court said if the officials concerned of Dhaka North (DNCC) and Dhaka South (DSCC) city corporations took preventive measures on time, the present dengue crisis could have been avoided. 

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Those who had the responsibility to properly monitor the dengue situation did not perform their duties properly and lacked necessary skills along with the right intent, the court added.

The court then asked the government regarding the different figures of dengue casualties circulating in the media. 

Answering to the court's query, DAG Bashar informed the court that officially 48 persons have died of dengue fever and others might have died of heart attack.

As many as 1,706 dengue patients have been admitted to different hospitals across Bangladesh in the last 24 hours.

Dengue, a mosquito-borne virus, spreads among humans through its carrier Aedes mosquito.

Health Emergency Operation Center and Control Room at Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) issued a press release about the latest figure on Sunday.

With the latest figure, a total of 53,182 people have been affected by dengue so far in 2019 since January 1.

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The DGHS confirmed 40 deaths due to dengue across Bangladesh from January 1 till August 18 though the unofficial death toll stands at 99.

Of the newly hospitalized patients, the number was 734 in Dhaka city in the last 24 hours ending at 8am on Sunday, whereas it was 972 in all eight divisions (other than Dhaka city), according to the latest DGHS data.

The total number of admitted patients currently undergoing treatment in government and private hospitals across the country is 7,168, it said. 

As many as 3,668 patients are currently receiving treatment in 41 government and private hospitals in the capital, whereas a total of 3,500 people are undergoing treatment outside the capital, the release said.

Among those admitted, a total of 45,974 have been released from their respective hospitals and clinics after treatment.