Monday, 27 September, 2021

Threatening posture of dengue fever

A sharp rise in dengue cases is being reported countrywide at a time when people are grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic. Dengue infections have surged to 2,286 in a month, with at least deaths of six patients this year. Countrywide dengue infection, especially in the capital, has now turned into an unignorable health crisis. What is more alarming is that this year children have become more vulnerable than the previous years. At least a press photograph of a ward of Dhaka Shishu Hospital published in this newspaper yesterday testifies to the truth. In the picture we see how the child patients infected with dengue are undergoing treatment at the beds of the hospital meant for children. Watching the photo, the readers can easily imagine the severity of the dengue outbreak this year.

The DGHS director himself stated that the dengue situation has turned into a matter of concern. Presently, we are going through the warmer months when the transmission of dengue usually becomes higher due to accelerated breeding and maturation cycles for the Aedes mosquitoes and shorter incubation periods for the dengue virus. The number of infections will possibly increase further in this ongoing month. So, every possible step should be taken to curb the vector-borne disease.

The DNCC authorities deserve thanks for arranging a road-show in Uttara by displaying different sources of Aedes mosquitoes as part of their awareness campaign against dengue. The city father of Dhaka South should also conduct similar awareness campaign in his area. Mosquito control activities should be strengthened in under-construction buildings as the maximum number of Aedes larvae have been detected there while 20 per cent in water meters. Building owners and leaders of the Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh should address the problem immediately.

They must ensure that they have adequate vector control measures on their premises. Moreover, discarded tyres, plastic bottles, chips packet and other things should at once be removed from the spots as larvae are usually found breeding in these things. Above all, each and every individual should keep in mind that a single drop of stagnant water can breed danger for their families. So, be cautious!