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HC: Govt cannot avoid responsibility over ineffective mosquito repellent

  • Published at 12:41 pm August 26th, 2019
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File Photo: A dengue patient receives treatment at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital in Dhaka Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

At least 5,940 people suffering from dengue are currently admitted to different hospitals across the country

The High Court has said the government along with the Dhaka North and South City Corporations cannot avoid the responsibility for not procuring effective repellents to kill the Aedes mosquito, which causes dengue fever, on time.

Justice Tariq ul Hakim and Justice Md Shohrowardi made the observation on Monday while hearing a rule issued earlier in this regard.

The court fixed Wednesday for passing an order on whether a judicial commission will be constituted to inquire the deaths caused by dengue and chikunguniya, and other mosquito-borne diseases.

Earlier in the day, the Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Ministry submitted a report to the High Court saying that the government is working to formulate a long-term plan to prevent dengue and chikunguniya in future.

A record 63,514 dengue infected people have gone to hospitals this year, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The number is five times that of 2018. 

At least 5,940 people suffering from dengue are currently admitted to different hospitals across the country.

In the last 24 hours since 8am Saturday, at least 1,299 new patients, including 607 in Dhaka have been admitted to hospitals across Bangladesh, said DGHS.