Dengue doubled in first quarter, Mayor Atiqul aims to buy raw coconut shell for DNCC to prevent

Sampa Akter

Published: April 17, 2024, 06:32 PM

Dengue doubled in first quarter, Mayor Atiqul aims to buy raw coconut shell for DNCC to prevent

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The first quarter of this year has witnessed a concerning rise in dengue infections and fatalities, nearly doubling compared to the same period last year. As per data released by the Department of Health on April 16, there have been 1,899 reported dengue cases, up from 908 cases last year. Additionally, the death toll has surged from 10 to 23 within the same timeframe, triggering public alarm.

In response to the escalating dengue crisis, Mayor Atiqul Islam of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) revealed plans to procure raw coconut shells as part of dengue control efforts. The initiative is slated for implementation post-Eid-ul-Fitr, aiming to combat the alarming surge in dengue infections witnessed in the first four months of this year. However, skepticism looms over the effectiveness of this measure.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), dengue affects millions worldwide annually, posing a significant threat to approximately half of the global population.

A study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology indicates a rise in the country‍‍`s temperature, contributing to the proliferation of Aedes mosquitoes, the carriers of the dengue virus. Experts warn that elevated temperatures, coupled with rainfall, accelerate the replication of the dengue virus within mosquito populations, heightening the risk of transmission.

Health Minister Samant Lal Sen expressed concerns about the dengue outbreak, anticipating a potentially worse situation than last year‍‍`s record-high fatalities.

Expert Professor Dr. Md. Abul Kalam Azad shed light on dengue transmission and symptoms. Dengue, an infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes, manifests symptoms such as severe abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding tendencies, and fatigue. While hospitalization may be necessary for severe cases, home rest is generally advised, with close monitoring of symptoms.

To prevent dengue, Dr. Azad recommends wearing protective clothing, using mosquito nets, and employing mosquito repellents. Additionally, eliminating stagnant water around homes and adhering to proper medical care protocols are essential preventive measures.

Amid rising concerns, public awareness and adherence to preventive measures are crucial in curbing the spread of dengue and minimizing its impact on communities.

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