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DNCC mayor apologizes to families of dengue victims

  • Published at 11:18 pm August 7th, 2019
DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam-Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune
Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam speaks at a press conference, held at the DNCC Nagar Bhaban in Dhaka's Gulshan on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

'I offer my sincerest apologies to those who have lost their loved ones to dengue'

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam apologized to the families of people who lost their lives to dengue fever.

"I offer my sincerest apologies to those who have lost their loved ones to dengue. This is utterly unexpected," he said, admitting guilt, at a  DNCC Nagar Bhaban press conference in Dhaka's Gulshan on Wednesday.

DNCC Chief Health Officer, Brig Gen Mominur Rahman Mamun, and others were present at the event.

In the wake of the recent dengue outbreak, Dhaka being at the centre of it, the two Dhaka city corporations have faced strong criticism from the public for their alleged inaction in controlling the spread of the Aedes mosquito which carries the virus.

The dengue outburst has turned into a serious health menace across Bangladesh with the deaths of several patients and thousands more being infected every day.

According to the latest data from the Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS),  32,340 people were identified as dengue patients across the country between January 1 and Wednesday.

Of them, 2,428 were identified and admitted to hospitals between Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

 8,707 are currently undergoing treatment in different hospitals countrywide.

23 dengue patients have died across Bangladesh between  January 1 and August 7, according to DGHS data.  According to them, the dengue death toll was still 23 until Wednesday.

however, the unofficial tally reported by mass media,  puts the death toll close to 70.

New pesticides will be sprayed from Thursday

The DNCC mayor said on Wednesday that two new pesticides will be sprayed from Thursday to control the Aedes mosquito population, carrier of the deadly dengue virus. 

The two variants of the pesticide Malathion supplied by Chinese company Nanjing Ecofarm Technology arrived at around 11:15pm on Tuesday. 

The mayor said: "The new pesticides have been tested at the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control, and Research (IEDCR) lab."

DNCC has already blacklisted two companies, Limit Agro Limited and Noton Limited, for importing low quality pesticides, he added.

2,428 dengue cases, highest recorded. Two more die

In the 24 hours up until 8am on Wednesday, 2,428 dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals across Bangladesh, according to the DGHS. The patient figure is the highest so far this year.

In a press statement, the DGHS said some 8,707 patients were hospitalised across the country, with 23 people dying of dengue since January 1. However, the unofficial mass media death toll count stood at a minimum of 69.

Dhaka remains the most severely dengue affected with 1,275 patients according to DGHS data,  with the rest of the cases being reported from outside the city.

The latest estimates show that 32,340 people have been affected by dengue since the beginning of 2019.

On Wednesday, at least two people, including a woman, died of dengue at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). This, raising the number of deceased to 19 at DMCH alone, the highest at any government or private hospital. 

One of the above deceased is Md Awlad Hossain, 32. The other dengue victim could not be identified immediately. No new deaths were reported from outside Dhaka city.

Meanwhile, college student Mehedi Hasan also died of dengue at United Hospital in the capital’s upscale neighbourhood of Gulshan.

The DGHS recorded 16,253 dengue cases in July, but the figure in the first week of August stood at 15,879. 

The unofficial tally says at least 26 people died of dengue since August 1.