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Dengue cannot be overlooked

  • Published at 08:21 pm May 10th, 2020
A city corporation employee sprays mosquito repellant using a fogging machine Photo: Mahmud Hossain Opu

This is a problem that must well and truly be nipped in the bud

We are in the midst of the current Covid-19 pandemic, and Bangladesh authorities are doing all they can to combat its horrific impact on the people and the economy.

However, as we deal with this crisis, it is absolutely vital that authorities remain vigilant and not lose sight of the all-too-familiar threat of dengue.

With the country expected to receive heavy rainfall in the month of May, experts predict a sharp rise in dengue infections in June, with the outbreak likely to be similar to what it was last year.

The early signs look ominous -- in the first four months, Bangladesh registered 131 dengue cases last year, while the number is 296 for 2020.

This is an extremely concerning situation -- in the midst of dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, a large outbreak of dengue will prove to be catastrophic, not just for the people, but for our overall health sector as well.

What is more concerning is that many initiatives proposed to control dengue are not being seen through due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This must change.

Suffice to say, this is a problem that must well and truly be nipped in the bud; too often, not enough effort is put into prevention of diseases, and we cannot afford to be complacent about the need to control the very real threat of dengue.

This will not be an easy task by any means, and a multi-sectoral plan and cooperation amongst them will be required, focusing on environmental management and solid waste management.

Along with that, all plans and initiatives devised to control and manage the spread of dengue must be implemented efficiently, and with immediate effect.

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