Indian help sought amid fears of dengue turning ‘dangerous’

Mohammad Al Amin

2 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The mayor of Kolkata has been invited for his assistance in dealing with Bangladesh’s dengue crisis which experts fear might turn “dangerous” unless breeding sources were eliminated immediately as a record-breaking some 2,000 patients reported on a single day to different hospitals.

Health officials told the daily sun that the situation could take a “dangerous” turn unless the breeding grounds of Aedes mosquito was not destroyed immediately as the disease usually spreads the most in August.  

Government’s health directorate put the number of patients who reported with dengue on Thursday at 1,712 patients, besides some who were being treated outside these hospitals.

Meanwhile, Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam said that they have formed several teams to prevent the spread of dengue.

“We have invited Kolkata Deputy Mayor and acting panel mayor of the health department Atin Ghosh to assist Bangladesh in tackling the spread of dengue,” he said, following the effective control of dengue in the crowded Indian city of Kolkata.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque, who returned home Wednesday night from his holiday in Malaysia amid criticism, told reporters Thursday that “Dengue will come under control soon due to the  joint initiative of two Dhaka city corporations, concerned ministry and  the people of the country.

Health directorate said around 15,614 dengue patients were admitted to hospitals and 10 died in the month of July, the health sources added. The dengue virus is carried by female Aedis mosquito which breeds in clean stagnant water and can be fatal unless treated quickly.

In an unprecedented situation, the mosquito-borne dengue disease has gripped entire Bangladesh with 19,513 patients suffering from the sometimes fatal disease were admitted in different hospitals from January 1 to August 1 this year, health officials said.

Dr. Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) earlier told the daily sun that instead of July, dengue attacked in May this year as the weather has drastically changed. 

According to National Guideline for Clinical Management of Dengue Syndrome-2018, the monsoon and post monsoon in Bangladesh is peak time to develop dengue.

“Monsoon usually happens during June and July of every year. The case loads increases thereafter in August and September and can extends up to October,” it said.

Talking to daily sun, ASM Alamgir, principal scientific officer of the IEDCR said “Since the dengue infection has started early of the monsoon this year then the dengue may either decrease at the last stage of August or it might also increase same month.”

Speaking at a discussion at the ministry, the health and family welfare minister Zahid Maleque on Thursday said source of dengue will be destroyed and at the same time effective medicine will be brought soon to tackle the dengue situation.

He added that  new wards are being opened at different hospitals to tackle the dengue.

Talking to reporters at the health ministry after attending a meeting there, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon on Thursday said that the authorities concerned are trying to control the mosquito-borne dengue outbreak by the first week of September.

The mayor claimed that several wards of Dhaka South City Corporation have already been freed from the menace. Those wards are 14, 15, 18, 22, 23, 29, 35, 42, 55 and 56.

The mayor informed the reporters that a 100-bed unit at Mitford Hospital has been inaugurated for dengue patients.

The Dengue unit, situated at 4th floor of the hospital, is consisting 85 beds. The new unit was launched as the number of Dengue patients increased remarkably, the hospital source said.

Lawyers of the Dhaka North and South City Corporations informed the High Court (HC) that the sample of foreign medicine in preventing mosquitoes will reach in Bangladesh on Thursday by a special flight.

The lawyers said the primary experiment on the effectiveness of the medicine will be conducted at a laboratory of Mohakhali in Dhaka. 

The HC, however, raised question as to why the two city corporations in Dhaka did not take effective measures during the outbreak of Dengue.

Hospital sources said a minor boy, Sohrab, 10, a resident of Dhaka’s Keraniganj upazila suffering from dengue fever, died at the Mitford Hospital in the capital on Wednesday night.

The dengue infection has crossed all time records as around 25,000 people were infected and more than 35 died of this deadly disease this year, media reports said.

The hospitals and Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) officials said the dengue has already spread across the country as 3,464 dengue patients were admitted at different hospitals in all 64 districts across the country outside Dhaka till August 1 this year.

Some 19,513 patients were admitted with dengue infection to different hospitals across the country including the capital from January 1 to August 1 while 14 died from the dengue disease during that time. And a total of 16,049 patients infected in dengue were admitted in hospitals in various private and public hospitals in the Dhaka city in last seven months, the report added.

The DGHS data said 1,335 patients infected in dengue were admitted to hospitals on July 30, 1166 on July 29, 939 on July 28, 683 on July 27, 390 on July 26, 547 on July 25, 560 on July 24 across the country.

This year, some 37 patients were infected with dengue virus in January, 19 in February, 17 in March, 58 in April, 184 in May, 1814 in June and 15,614 in July, the DGHS report said.

Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) sources said around 2,617 dengue patients were admitted to the hospital and 11 of them died till August 1 this year. And around 11,000 dengue patients were admitted to Mitford hospital in the capital during that time. 

Some 13 students of Dhaka University have been detected with dengue infection on Thursday, university sources said.