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Make public health a priority

  • Published at 12:01 am September 17th, 2016
  • Last updated at 02:21 pm September 24th, 2016
Make public health a priority

Doctors have warned of the potential health hazards in Dhaka following Eid-ul-Azha. It is important to take note and make sure these risks are contained.

The hours-long waterlogging suffered by the inhabitants of Dhaka, which was mixed with the blood of sacrificed animas, is a veritable disease outbreak waiting to happen.

Though this is common every year, incessant rain during the ritual has left with the now infamous “rivers of blood.” Potential health risks associated with the phenomenon cannot be ignored.

This can lead to not just waterborne diseases, but also skin diseases for those who have come into contact with the liquid. Blood mixed with water is contaminated, and it would be advisable to ensure that a potential outbreak is prevented.

It is unfortunate that many Dhaka residents did not heed the letter of the law, and did not sacrifice their animals in the designated slaughterhouses. If they had done so, many health hazards could have been averted.

It is also regrettable that the slaughterhouses were below capacity, and were unable to meet with the demands of the city, unable to cater to the multitudes who reside and choose to sacrifice their animals here.

But the mayoral initiatives to clean up the city within 48 hours have been commendable, and we hope that such efficiency can be applied to containing the potential disease outbreak.

The health and safety of our citizens should be a priority, and authorities should work in conjunction with doctors and health professionals to keep the city clean and disease-free.