With proper planning, dengue can certainly be fought
It seems as though we simply cannot catch a break. While Covid-19 ravages the country and we face yet another hard lockdown, the threat of dengue once again has raised its ugly head.
This is a threat we simply cannot afford to ignore, because while dengue may not receive as much attention as the global pandemic, it can be fatal nonetheless, and cause just as much suffering to those afflicted.
Furthermore, in the past, we have seen just how much pressure a dengue epidemic can put on our health care system. At a time when we hardly have enough hospital beds available, a scenario like that would be unmanageable for Bangladesh.
It is clear that the situation is worrisome when in a 24-hour period, 24 people are being hospitalized for dengue. The last thing we want right now is a situation like the one we saw in 2019, were hospitals were bursting at the seams. A staggering 101,354 people were hospitalized, and at least 179 people were recorded to have died. The true picture of suffering, no doubt, is much larger than what these numbers tell us.
With proper planning, dengue can certainly be fought. It is a well-known fact that aedes larvae are found in stagnant pools of water. It is incumbent upon the city council to make sure such breeding grounds are destroyed, and larvae are destroyed wherever found.
Awareness must also be increased about places in people’s residences where aedes can breed -- such as neglected water buckets or abandoned water bottles. We must do all we can to stop the breeding in the first place, because prevention is always better than cure.