Three-day campaign to cover 21 dengue-affected districts
The Awami League has started a three-day cleanliness campaign across the country to raise awareness against dengue.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader yesterday morning inaugurated the campaign at the party president's political office in Dhanmondi, Dhaka.
"Action against dengue has begun. We can prove that mosquitoes are not more powerful than humans and hope that we can win against dengue," said Quader.
Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also Awami League’s president, announced that the ruling party will conduct a cleanliness drive and awareness campaign on July 31, and August 2 and 3.
The program will cover 21 dengue-affected districts around the country to inform people of the deadly mosquito-borne virus and prevention measures.
Quader, terming the dengue situation a humanitarian crisis, said everyone should work together to tackle it.
“The cleanliness drives will continue in every area of the country. The government will be successful in combating dengue like other challenges,” he said.
Asked about the health minister’s Malaysia trip, Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said: “The main point is whether the necessary steps have been taken to combat dengue, no matter who’s at home and who’s abroad.”
He said the Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad would also conduct free blood tests for diagnosing dengue, if needed.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged people to keep their surroundings clean in order to prevent dengue across the country.
On July 24, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) also asked the authorities concerned, particularly the local government ministry and city corporations, to engage local communities in creating social awareness and resistance to tackle child-abduction rumours and the dengue outbreak.