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Health minister: All countries have dengue

  • Published at 04:41 pm August 5th, 2019
Health Minister Zahid Malik
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24,804 people have been hospitalized across the country with dengue since January 1

Health Minister Zahid Malik has said there is nothing to be worried about dengue as there is no country in the world where there is no dengue. 

The minister said this while speaking at a meeting on recent issues and observance of the National Mourning Day at Gorpara in Manikganj Sunday night. 

“There is no country in the world where dengue does not prevail. Singapore is the cleanliest city in the world but dengue is common even there. Dengue outbreak is common in the USA, India, Malaysia, and Indonesia. So, there is nothing to be worried about,” he said.

He added: “Conspiracies are afoot centring dengue. The dengue situation is now under control. New insecticides are being imported which will be helpful in controlling Aedes mosquito.”

Deputy commissioners and civil surgeons have already been asked to take steps as dengue may spread further across the country during Eid, he furthered.

Momtaz Begum MP, district Awami League President Golam Mohiuddin, and Superintendent of Police Rifat Rahman Shamim, among others, were present at the meeting with Deputy Commissioner SM Ferdous in the chair. 

According to the Health Emergency Operations Centre of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 18 dengue patients have died, all in Dhaka, and a total of 24,804 people have been hospitalized across the country with dengue since January 1.

At least 6,858 patients, including children, are undergoing treatment at hospitals now, while the rest were discharged after treatment.