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Experts bat for year-long plan

Anti-mosquito drives cannot be stopped and 3-4 kinds of insecticide need to be prepared
MD HABIBULLA, Dhaka
Experts bat for year-long plan

Never before in Bangladesh have so many patients been admitted to hospitals for any disease in one year. As per the government record till date, the number of people affected by dengue, a mosquito-borne disease, has crossed the 1,00,000 mark across the country, with at least 129 deaths.

To control dengue next year, experts have suggested that a year-long strategy should be adopted.

The government has to take up an action plan to prevent the disease. Otherwise, it may return in an epidemic form.

They said drives against the mosquito-borne disease cannot be stopped. These have to continue. At least three to four kinds of insecticide need to be prepared. The civic authorities must complete the process of importing insecticides. Otherwise, people may suffer again from dengue, experts said. They also said to eradicate mosquitoes or mosquito-borne diseases, a special cell must be formed centrally. It should take up target-specific measures. Besides, a coordinated mosquito eradication programme has to be undertaken, which will work from the city corporations to the village level.

Dr Ayesha Akhter, in-charge of the disease control room at the Directorate of Health, told The Independent that the health department has already chalked out a strategy to tackle dengue next year. "We will have to work together", she said.

She also said as the disease had spread throughout the country this year, the health department is going to provide training on dengue across the country.  "Besides, we have asked the officers concerned in every district to make people aware of dengue. A special meeting has

been held with civic officials, doctors, and specialists to control dengue next year,” she added. She further said: “We have trained officials, and more training programmes will be conducted. Besides, there will be some changes in the dengue guideline.”

Even now, in the last month of the year, around 80 to 90 people are being admitted to hospitals across the country with the disease. A total of 99,714 patients have been discharged from hospitals following recovery since January 2019.

Talking to The Independent recently, Brig. Gen. Dr AKM Nasir Uddin, director of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), said that to kill mosquitoes, chemical control, biological control, and environmental control need to be done in unison and people have to be made aware so that individual efforts are also made to eradicate mosquitoes.

“So far, we have provided treatment to 9,000 dengue patients. In order to tackle the dengue situation, we have opened a separate corner for dengue patients. For next year, we have charted a plan and training programme for nurses,” he noted.

However, research must be conducted to find out effective inoculation for dengue, he observed.

The chief health officer of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), Brig. Gen. Mominur Rahman Mamun, told The Independent: “We have started a drive against mosquitoes and it will continue round the year. The insecticide being used to combat the Aedes mosquito, will be continued next year. Beside this, a number of insecticides will be purchased for further use.” He also said that workers spraying insecticides will be trained and the awareness programme across the city about the dengue will continue.  

The chief health officer of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), Brig. Gen. Sharif Ahmed, said that after a massive field survey to identify the breeding points of mosquitoes, they have started a crash programme. “Our team will conduct the drive in two rounds. Our drive will continue,” he added.

MM Akhtaruzzaman, senior scientist at the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), said a combined initiative is needed to control dengue across the country. For this, stakeholders have to come forward and work together. “We will conduct a survey on mosquitoes in the winter season to know the situation. Another survey will be conducted before the monsoon,” he added.

Akhtaruzzaman, who is also the manager of the malaria and dengue programmes at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), said doctors and nurses at the upazila level will be brought under the workshop.

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