Dengue fever, a mosquito-borne tropical viral disease, has spread alarmingly as the number of increasing patients indicates. We are in the midst of the peak season of the disease and, if measures are not taken immediately, the situation may turn into an epidemic.
According to the Directorate General of Health Services, a total of 5,546 dengue patients have been admitted from January 1 to July 18 with only five deaths recorded. However, media reports have it that over 10 people succumbed to the dengue phenomenon.Bangladesh is considered as a risk nation with respect to mosquito-borne diseases, including dengue and chikungunya. Once these are detected, hardly go away. The effective pre-caution is to kill Aedes mosquitoes, the bearer of these diseases, and destroy their breeding places.
The reappearance of the diseases and their spreading indicates our limitation in these two respects. Despite repeated campaigns by the authorities concerned over the destruction of breeding grounds, we often witness careless citizens do not take the trouble to comply with the safety precautions.
Also, the failure of the anti-mosquito campaign of the city authorities has reached optimal proportions. There is no denying that the inefficiency has prompted the High Court to pass an order on July 12 for effective measures to destroy the mosquito breed grounds within a day.
As reported, the intensity of the dengue viral infection has been found fatal among a significant number of patients in different hospitals. This deserves special attention of those who are working in field levels across the country to tackle the on-going dengue menace.
The authorities concerned must guard against any propaganda that can trigger a panic situation.
It is crucial at this time to follow the specific guidelines set by the designated bodies of the government to remain safe and get cured if already sick with the disease.The government and non-governmental organisations must urgently step up their activities in a coordinated manner to tackle the menace.