November 30, 2023

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There is no relief from the dengue epidemic in Bangladesh

There is no relief from the dengue epidemic in Bangladesh

From January 1 to November 5, authorities reported 1,408 deaths due to dengue fever and 279,904 people contracted the disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, the Directorate General of Health Services said in a statement.

This year, 271,792 patients have been discharged from hospital, with the rest still in hospitals, 2,020 in Dhaka and 4,889 outside the capital.

An opinion article in the Dhaka Tribune newspaper questions the measures implemented so far to control the disease, which it considers insufficient to stop the epidemic in the country.

The circular states that dengue has always been a structural problem in Bangladesh, which is why it suggests implementing an epidemiological approach to eliminate the disease once and for all.

Bangladesh ranked third this year in terms of the number of dengue fever cases per capita among countries affected by the disease in the region, but it maintained first place with the highest death rate until October 22, the media highlighted.

It also highlights the need to adopt effective measures such as eliminating mosquito breeding sites in local communities, implementing door-to-door control activities, and using insecticides in the areas.

It also indicates that the insufficient number of hospital staff, delayed diagnosis and other obstacles have undermined all efforts to effectively combat the disease.


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