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Dengue outbreak: Mayor Khokon continues urging city people not to panic

  • Published at 07:23 pm July 21st, 2019
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File photo: Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokon speaks to the media after launching a 15-day campaign to inspect the dengue situation in the DSCC areas on Sunday, July 21, 2019 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

At least 6,045 people diagnosed with the mosquito-borne disease have been admitted in city hospitals until July 20

Reiterating his call asking the city dwellers not to panic, over the growing cases of dengue, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon has said there is nothing to be worried about.

"Instead of being panicked, it will be wiser to be aware, and careful about the dengue menace," he said on Sunday.

The mayor made the comment just a day after the World Health Organization (WHO) termed the outbreak as alarming, while dengue-affected patients were flooding city hospitals.

He was talking to reporters after launching a 15-day campaign to inspect the dengue situation in the DSCC areas.

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

The mayor also sought help from all to fight the crisis.

He, however, failed to reply when questioned about the situation in slums. "I cannot answer the question right now since it is all recorded in our documents at the office."

On July 20, Sayeed Khokon also claimed that there was no reason for the city dwellers to panic over the dengue outbreak.

"Compared to Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and some other countries, the dengue menace is well controlled in Bangladesh," he said at that time. 

The campaign

Under the inspection program, the DSCC will inspect 25,000 homes in all of its 57 wards. The campaign will continue till August 4, said city corporation sources.

Dengue scenario

Since dengue broke out, at least 6,045 people diagnosed with the mosquito-borne disease have been admitted in hospitals across Dhaka city until July 20, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.

Of them, some 1,474 dengue patients are still hospitalised. At an alarming rate, within only 10 days,  2,226 patients got admitted in different hospitals between July 11 and July 20. 

However, unofficial records say the number of infected people is much higher with the death toll reaching to over 20.