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Two more die of dengue

Unofficial death toll now stands at over 104

Published : Wednesday, 21 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 714

Two more dengue patients died in Keraniganj of Dhaka and Faridpur district on Monday night although there is a downtrend in fresh dengue cases across the country.
At least 1,572 patients were hospitalised in 24 hours till 8 am on Tuesday while 6,470 patients are currently undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics.
Of the deceased, a rickshaw-puller identified as Shaheb Ali, 35, died in Faridpur district while a housewife, Fatema, 45, died at Mitford Hospital.
In Faridpur, Shaheb Ali of Matikanda in Sadar upazila of Rajbari district was admitted to Faridpur Medical College Hospital with fever on Monday, said Mahfuzur Rahman Bulu, an Assistant Director at the hospital.
He breathed his last around 10:30 pm.
Seven people have so far died of dengue at the hospital, he said
At least 70 people infected with dengue were admitted to the hospital in the last 24 hours, raising the number of dengue patients to 357.
As of August 20, a total of 54,797 people have been affected by dengue.
A total of 40 dengue patients have died across Bangladesh from January 1 till August 19, according to DGHS data. However, the unofficial death toll, according to media report, is over 104 so far.
However, Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Md Atiqul Islam on Tuesday said owners will be fined if Aedes larvae are found in houses under his city corporation after 20 days.
He came up with the announcement while launching a combing operation to destroy breeding grounds of Aedes mosquito and cleanliness drive at Dr Fazle Rabbi Park in Dhaka's Gulshan area in the morning.
The DNCC Mayor said their inspection teams will visit houses in each area during the combing operation and if they find Aedes larvae in any of those, they will hang a notice which reads 'Aedes larvae were found at this house' there.
Describing it as the initial warning, he said they will warn the house owners again if larvae are found there after 10 days. "And finally, they'll be fined if the situation is found to be the same during the next visit after another 10 days."
The combing operation will be conducted in 36 wards first, Atiqul said, adding that the newly added 18 wards will be brought under it later.

Inaugurating the operation, Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed urged the city dwellers to be aware of dengue. "Everybody should keep their residence clean."
Besides, a joint expert team of International Atomic Energy Agency, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and World Health Organisation will assess the feasibility of Sterile Insect Technique in controlling Aedes mosquitoes in Bangladesh.

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