Dhaka, Bangladesh
Double danger

Editorial

Double danger

It is as though adding fuel to fire. When Chikungunya is spreading in the city and elsewhere in the country, another mosquito-borne disease Dengue has appeared in virulent form to make the matter worse for the people. It looks like double danger for the people who are already panic-stricken because of ubiquitous attack of Chikungunya in almost all families. Official data shows that so far over 660 Dengue cases with two fatalities have been reported this year in the capital. Of them, 121 Dengue cases with two fatalities have been reported in May, followed by 202 in June and 84 up to July 16, 2017. But the official data cannot always be relied upon. There is a lot of Dengue cases which are omitted from the official data because an enormous number of patients do not come to hospitals or clinics for treatment. They are marginal people who cannot afford to meet the high medical expenses. Reports have it that hundreds of people may fall victims to Dengue attack and people are in a state of panic that it may bring about disaster unless it is controlled before it is too late. Dengue is a seasonal fever. Generally, people get infected with Dengue virus when the monsoon sets in since mosquitoes find a suitable breeding atmosphere and to spread the virus. Official data reveals that only 68 people got infected with Dengue virus in first four months of 2016. But a total of 254 people suffered from Dengue during the corresponding period of the current year. It clearly indicates an upward leap in Dengue incidences with every passing year. But this was callously attended to by the health authorities and no holistic approach was made to root out the disease once for all. It has been observed that the prime period of Dengue outbreak is still ahead and it may hit the capital city hard. If the monsoon prolongs, more people will be infected by Dengue this year, said the experts. Mosquitoes, climate change contributing to variation of rainfall pattern and stagnant water pools are attributed to spread of Dengue. This break-bone fever spreads by mosquitoes, which breeds in stagnant water. This year weather went haywire and it rained heavily resulting in early outbreak of viral diseases like Dengue and Chikungunya. In the end, what it boils down to is the total eradication of mosquitoes. We do not want to see any further blame game for failure to eliminate this menace. What is expected is the double quick action from the city fathers and the health ministry to eradicate mosquito for taming Dengue and Chikungunya.

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