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A danger subsiding

  • Published at 12:04 am September 2nd, 2019
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A dengue patient receives treatment at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital in Dhaka Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

While a decreasing number of new patients is good news, that does not mean we can rest on our laurels

The dengue situation this year has been the most dangerous and widespread we have ever witnessed as a nation. In fact, the High Court had earlier deemed the situation in Dhaka as nothing short of an epidemic.

With inordinate numbers of dengue patients having been admitted into hospitals across the nation, the disease spread at an alarming rate catching both our health care sector and the government off-guard.

Thankfully, due to the tireless efforts of our doctors and key measures being taken in containing the disease, the danger seems to be subsiding.

And all that effort is reflected by the fact that the number of new dengue patients has seen a dramatic fall over the last few days, while approximately 93% of all patients admitted to hospitals across the nation have been released. 

Given the severity of the dengue epidemic this year, this news comes as nothing short of a sigh of relief.

A major contributor to high numbers of dengue patients this year can be chalked up to the increasingly appalling state of hygiene in our urban areas. Even government compounds themselves were not spared from becoming veritable breeding grounds for Aedes mosquitos, which carry the dengue disease.

Not to mention the amount of precipitation that we’ve witnessed this year with regards to the weather.

All these factors came together to create the perfect ecosystem for Aedes mosquitos to breed and spread dengue. And while initial steps to contain it were shaky at best, it is good to know that the government does have long-term plans to curb the deadly disease through forward-thinking methods, such as the use of sterile mosquitos to control the population of Aedes.

While a decreasing number of new patients is good news, that does not mean we can rest on our laurels. If anything, the dengue epidemic serves to remind us of the importance of maintaining cleanliness as a way to stave off disease.

With the right measures, we can one day finally be rid of this deadly disease.