Of the 35 deaths from dengue so far, 31 were reported in the capital
Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam has claimed that the dengue situation in the DNCC area is under control due to the impact of the social movement for recovery.
"The number of dengue patients in the DNCC area is comparatively less as compared to other areas of the capital as a result of the social movement with the spontaneous participation of the city dwellers in cleanliness as per the data obtained from various sources," he said on Saturday, reports BSS.
He made the remarks while presenting the overall situation including the importance of the slogan to the journalists at Kalyanpur Girls School and College ground of the capital after implementing “10 minutes every Saturday at 10am, we clean our houses”.
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Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the country has been experiencing a surge in dengue cases since July, mostly reported in Dhaka.
Dengue has claimed four more lives in 24 hours until Saturday morning, raising the death toll to 35, said a report of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). Of them, 31 died in the capital.
During the same period, 257 patients were admitted to government and private hospitals in Dhaka.
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Since January, some 7,750 patients have been admitted to different hospitals with dengue, and 6,509 of them have been released after they recovered from the disease.
On Saturday, the mayor instructed the officials concerned to issue letters to the owners of the plots or places in the area covered by the DNCC to take immediate action to prevent them from becoming mosquito breeding grounds.
He said free dengue testing has been arranged in 46 urban health centres of Dhaka North City Corporation for the welfare of the city dwellers.
DNCC Chief Health Officer Brigadier General Jobaidur Rahman and local councilors were present, among others.
Dengue fatalities marked a dramatic and largely unexplained drop from 2019, which was the worst year on record for dengue in the country.
Official figures state 101,354 dengue cases and 179 deaths were recorded in Bangladesh in 2019.
Dengue fever was first reported in Bangladesh in 2000, claiming 93 lives that year. In the years that followed, the country learned to deal with the disease much better, but it did become endemic.
Fatalities almost fell to zero at one stage, before spiking again in 2018, leading to the horrific crisis the following year.