It is of utmost importance for the health authorities to step up
The number of dengue patients in the last five months of this year has doubled compared to the same period last year, and it goes without saying that this is not a good sign for things to come.
Bangladeshis by now are painfully aware of the evils of dengue fever: The malady is associated with extreme pain, physical weakness, vomiting, and bleeding, and the fact that dengue numbers are rising, rather than falling or even staying constant, should serve as a wake-up call.
The erratic weather that we have been experiencing is, of course, one of the main causes of the rising numbers; sporadic rainfall contributes to stagnant water bodies around the capital city, and these are the places that allow the carriers of dengue virus to breed.
At a time like this, then, it is of utmost importance for the health authorities to step up to tackle the crisis, which means raising public awareness, and working to create an environment that stops the breeding and spread of dengue.
Dengue awareness means citizens should always remain vigilant, and keep an eye on rooftops, unused containers, house yards, unused car tires, refrigerators, air conditioners, or any other place where stagnant water can remain for more than five days.
As the assistant director of the control room of DGHS has advised, whenever the symptoms appear, which include fevers above 104 degrees, and severe headaches with pain behind the eyes, a doctor should be consulted, rather than self-medicating.
We urge the health authorities, and both DNCC and DSCC, to treat the problem of dengue with the required urgency, and to take immediate action to prevent any further spread of the disease.