Court asks authorities concerned to file an update report on October 16
The High Court has ordered the authorities concerned to take effective measures to control the Aedes mosquitoes which are responsible for spreading dengue.
The bench of Justice Tariq ul Hakim and Justice Md Shohrowardi passed the orderon Wednesday.
They also gave an order to conduct large scale drives to spread medicine and destroy the breeding grounds of the Aedes.
The authorities concernedhave been asked to file a report on the progress on October 16.
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Barrister Toufique Inam Tipu represented Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) while Deputy Attorney General Barrister Mainul Hasan represented the state.
On Monday, the court said an order would be issued on Wednesday on forming a committee to find out those responsible for failure to exterminate the Aedes.
But on Wednesday, both the state and the city corporation told the court that forming a committee now will hamper the mosquito extermination work.
The court then decided not to issue any order to form the body.
Bangladesh has been struggling to contain the dengue outbreak this year with 66,064 patients hospitalised since January 1. Of them, 60,569 were discharged after recovery.
In the 24-hours till 8am on Tuesday, 1,299 new dengue patients were hospitalised. Currently, 5,322 people are being treated at different hospitals and clinics, the government said. Of them, 2,999 are in Dhaka and 2,323 outside the capital.
Dengue, a mosquito-borne viral infection, causes flu-like illness, and occasionally develops into a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue. About half of the world's population is now at risk, the WHO says.
Southeast Asian countries are seeing huge increases in fatal dengue cases this year. There is no specific treatment for dengue or severe dengue, but early detection and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates below one percent.
According to data collected from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), a total 52 dengue patients have died across Bangladesh from January 1 till August 27. However, the unofficial death toll is reported to be over 121, so far.