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Prevention is better than cure

  • Published at 06:18 pm September 14th, 2018
Editorial
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The dengue outbreak could be bigger this year than in the past


Dengue fever has claimed the lives of 11 people this year so far, with nearly 4,000 others infected with the virus across the country.

Given the extreme pain, weakness, vomiting, and bleeding associated with dengue fever, the fact that it is on the rise in Dhaka is nothing short of alarming.

Largely due to the sporadic rainfall which contributes to stagnant water bodies, mosquitoes have found suitable environments to breed and spread the virus, and the consequences are being felt.

As the Directorate General of Health Services has already warned, the dengue outbreak could be bigger this year than in the past, although there seems to be no risk of another chikungunya outbreak.

It is well known that waste and dust in conjunction with dirty water allows for Aedes mosquitoes to breed, and in scenarios such as these, it is of the greatest importance for health officials to be prepared to tackle a health crisis, and to raise public awareness about prevention.

Citizens should remain vigilant and keep an eye on their rooftops, unused containers, house yards, unused car tires, refrigerators, air conditioners, and other places where stagnant water can remain for more than five days, because those places are ripe for the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes.

This year’s dengue seems deadlier than in previous years, with patients quickly becoming physically debilitated, or being admitted to the hospitals in critical conditions, so we cannot afford to not take all necessary precautionary measures.

If health is indeed wealth, the prevention of dengue needs to be a priority for the authorities right now.