Authorities determined to keep dengue outbreak under control
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Syeed Khokon said, new mosquito insecticide will be used from the first week of September.
He was briefing the media after a meeting with officials of the World Health Organization(WHO) at Nagar Bhaban in Dhaka on Monday.
He said members of the electronic and print media are duly welcomed to see for themselves the mosquito insecticide testing program on Tuesday, so there won’t be any confusion.
He also said DSCC is determined to keep dengue incidents under control within the first week of September.
Mayor Khokon also said, WHO recommended that the sources of mosquito breeding grounds have to be destroyed to combat dengue outbreak.
“I would request all to leave at least one individual at their home in the city if they are leaving Dhaka for Eid. City Corporation authorities will inspect houses during Eid holiday,” he said.
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WHO country representative in Bangladesh Dr Bardan Jung Rana said he is hopeful that the dengue situation will improve very soon.
More than 60 districts across the country have been affected, but capital Dhaka -- home to more than 20 million people -- is the worst-hit city in the country, with some hospitals struggling to find space for patients.
Dengue has always been an issue in this country, however, this year the situation has turned for the worst, he said, adding, "It is as you see. It is higher than what it was before."
Earlier on Monday, just before the press event, the Dhaka South Mayor, addressing officials of dengue prevention cell, said Bangladesh has entered into a crisis situation as the mosquito-borne disease has spread across the country.
Mostafizur Rahman, assistant director of the Ministry of Social Welfare said they are short on human resources, and equipment like fogging machines, and spraying canisters.
In response, the mayor said, the city corporation will provide the necessary equipment, needed to control mosquitoes, as soon as possible.