559 admitted in Dhaka hospitals in one day
LGRD Minister Md Tajul Islam has claimed that the outbreak is under control, just a day after 559 dengue patients were admitted to hospitals in Dhaka alone.
"We have taken it as a challenge and it (dengue) is fully under control ... because all institutions are working together," he said on Thursday, after launching cleanliness and anti-mosquito week in Dhaka, reports UNB.
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The mosquito-borne disease infected more than 8,500 people in 2019 and claimed eight lives, according to official figures.
Tajul stressed that “failure to control dengue” will not become a reality as long as the institutions refuse to give up.
On July 20, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the dengue situation is alarming in Bangladesh, but not out of control.
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According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), up to 400 million people are infected with dengue each year. Approximately 100 million people get sick from infection, and 22,000 die from severe dengue.
Tajul, on Tuesday, claimed the medicine used by Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) to kill Aedes mosquitoes is effective, saying: “We have confirmed this after tests.”
On the same day the High Court ordered Dhaka city authorities to procure effective insecticide within a week.