Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon on Monday called upon journalists not to panic city dwellers by publishing news reports on dengue fever that may create confusion.
“According to the icddr,b, the number of death from dengue is three till now. But some media reported that the number is 11 referring to anonymous doctors that causes panic,” he said.He came up with the statements at the inaugural ceremony of “Special Health Care Pokkha-2019” organised by the health department of DSCC.
Khokon said, “We are ready to face the challenge of dengue and we will try our best to control the disease. We have already formed 67 medical teams. Our medical teams will be in 476 educational, cultural and social institutions and provide citizens with medical care free of cost.
“Though the number of dengue cases is higher, reports of chikungunya are very low. Religious leaders are also raising awareness about it.” The mayor said DSCC employees are spraying larvicide all around the city and setting up camps in educational institutions. “We’ll leave no stone unturned in our attempt to beat the disease.”
DSCC also launched a hotline 09611000999 for emergency medical care. If anyone calls the number, medical officers will even visit homes of patients, the mayor said, adding that the DSCC will start a mission to destroy the habitation of larvae visiting homes of citizens. Chief executive officer of DSCC Mostafizur Rahman, chief health officer Brigadier General (Dr) Md Sharif Ahmed, ward councillors and medical assistants were present at the programme.