HC raises questions on dengue death toll
The High Court on Sunday raised questions on two kinds of information about the deaths in dengue fever published in media reports.
“We are observing dissimilarity about the dengue death toll reports published in media. The official number of the death toll is 48 while it is 72 unofficially. What is the reason behind this dissimilarity?” the court asked the state counsel while hearing on a suo moto move taken by the court early this month.
The question was put forward by the High Court bench that comprised of Justices FRM Nazmul Ahsan and KM Kamrul Quader.
Deputy Attorney General ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar and assistant attorney general Saiful Islam acted as the state counsel during the hearing.
Earlier a progress report of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on the measures taken by them to prevent dengue outbreak was submitted to the court. The court in that time expressed its dissatisfaction on the measures taken by Dhaka city corporations in preventing mosquito-borne disease dengue.
DAG Bashar told the court that officially 48 persons died of dengue fever and some others might have died of heart attack.
Then the court said, “It is supposedly 48 persons died of dengue fever. Realize, what is the situation of families of the 48 people who died of dengue fever!”
“Dengue outbreak has spread all over the country. If the preventative measures would have taken at proper time, so many people would not have to die”, the court said.
Mentioning mosquito-controlling authorities the court said, “Aedes aegypti mosquitoes lay their eggs on the water. You are cleaning the road instead of the water. It’s a joke totally!”