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LGRD minister: Anti-mosquito drive from July 25

  • Published at 03:33 pm July 17th, 2019
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The number of dengue patients has increased this year

Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Minister Md Tajul Islam has said the deputy commissioners (DCs) have been asked to take effective measures to prevent the spread of dengue.

"An anti-mosquito drive will be conducted from July 25 to July 31," he told the reporters after attending the second sessions on the fourth day of the Deputy Commissioners' Conference at the Secretariat on Wednesday.

Replying to a question about the ineffectiveness of mosquito medicine, Tajul said the city corporations will collect samples of mosquito kit and retest it.

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"A certificate is being taken from the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the medicine used to prevent the spread of mosquito. We've sprayed medicines approved by the WHO," the minister said.

The number of dengue patients has increased this year.

Earlier this month, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said the hospitals have received many dengue patients, who are undergoing treatment now.

Dengue, a mosquito-borne viral infection, spreads among humans through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes.

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According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 100 million people get sick from infection, and 22,000 die from severe dengue.

Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokon said the medicines they are using to kill the mosquitoes are "slightly less effective" but assured that the situation "is under control".

There is no specific treatment for dengue or severe dengue, but early detection and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates below 1%, the WHO says.