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DSCC mayor: Dengue not epidemic yet

  • Published at 06:42 pm July 26th, 2019
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File photo: DSCC Mayor Sayeed Khokon speaks with reporters at Nagar Bhabhan on Saturday, July 13, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The DSCC will distribute aerosol sprays among the city's schools free of cost

Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon has said the prevalence of dengue virus in Dhaka cannot yet be called an epidemic.

"Dengue cannot be called an epidemic yet (in the city). The word epidemic has a specific definition," he said on Friday.

However, the mayor did not clearly define what the world "epidemic" means.

Khokon was talking to reporters after attending a view-exchange meeting with teachers and scout leaders of Dhaka's schools and colleges.

Zila Parishad of Dhaka, and Bangladesh Scouts jointly arranged the meeting on raising public awareness about dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy auditorium.

Khokon said it can be confirmed whether it is epidemic or not only after consulting relevant government organizations.

"A particular quarter is trying to exaggerate the real situation," he said.

The DSCC mayor further said currently, dengue patients number around 7,000-10,000.

"There can never be over 300,000 dengue patients in Dhaka," he said. 

Earlier, speaking as the chief guest in the meeting, Sayeed Khokon urged all to come forward to fight the prevailing dengue menace together.

He assured that the Dhaka south city corporation would always stand by the city dwellers suffering from dengue fever.

"Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is monitoring the dengue situation round-the-clock and giving instructions to address the menace," he said. 

DSCC to distribute free aerosol spray to fight mosquito

The mayor said the Dhaka south city corporation is working distribute aerosol sprays among the city's schools – free of cost – with the aim to protect students from mosquito bites and keep dengue fever in check.

Calling upon school students and scouts to work together to motivate the city dwellers to destroy mosquito breeding sources, he said that the city councillors will provide all sorts of support to them in this regard.

Activities carried out by school students and scouts will accelerate the initiatives taken to control dengue, which in turn will help address the existing dengue situation, the mayor said. 

He said mobile teams of the Dhaka south city corporation is working in the city to provide primary treatment to dengue patients.

A vested quarter has been spreading child lifting rumours and misleading information about the number of dengue patients, he said, adding that the government will take stern action against them.

"They are spreading rumours to halt the country's economic progress," the city mayor added.