Rise in dengue cases in Dhaka alarming: WHO
The increase in the number of dengue patients in Dhaka is at an "alarming" level now, Acting WHO Country Representative Dr Edwin Salvador has said.
He briefed the media after meeting Dhaka South Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon at his home in Banani on Saturday.
Mosquito-borne diseases dengue or chikungunya were not new in Bangladesh, Salvador said.
The number of people suspecting dengue should also be considered along with the number of people suffering from dengue, the acting WHO representative said.
"It may be an increase because more people are coming to hospitals and they are being diagnosed," he elaborated.
Khokon nodded as Salvador added: "Now if you look at the numbers, it is alarming because it is increasing."
Salvador also said he discussed ways to tackle the situation with Khokon.
Khokon however claimed that the dengue prevalence in Bangladesh is under control compared to other countries like the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia. He urged city dwellers to remain alert and not to be panicked.