No matter the disease, when people are affected, the health care system will inevitably be overwhelmed
The month of July was an extremely difficult one for Bangladesh as it registered over 6,000 deaths due to Covid-19 -- the most deaths ever recorded over a month-long period in the country.
However, as we struggle to curb the latest wave of the coronavirus, the familiar threat of dengue has also gotten progressively worse -- from July 1 till July 30, more than 2090 people were diagnosed with dengue, jumping 668% in cases from June, which saw a mere 272 by comparison.
What has proved to add to the difficulty is the fact that, due to overlapping symptoms between dengue and Covid-19, people are often unaware that they have contracted dengue, believing it to be Covid-19 instead.
While it may be tempting to treat dengue as a secondary problem right now, the fact remains that, no matter the disease, when people are affected, the health care system will inevitably be overwhelmed by the sheer number of incoming patients.
This reduces the chances for those seeking immediate medical attention to receive the services they desperately need, and, ultimately, puts immense pressure not only on our medical staff and hospitals, but also on the entire economy.
Similar to Covid-19, dengue too can lead to the loss of life. With this in mind, while curbing the spread of Covid-19 deserves the utmost priority, we must simultaneously continue our efforts to control dengue and ensure that an already challenging situation does not turn into a full blown catastrophe.