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In a follow-up on the dengue epidemic in Bangladesh, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) says the total cases reported this year through Aug. 4 is 24,804.

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In July, a record 15,359 people were infected with dengue, much more than any full year since dengue records were first kept in the country.

During the first four days of August, 6,967 cases have been reported. The official government death toll is now up to 18; however, numerous Bangladeshi media accounts put the death tally higher.

It does not appear this outbreak is nearing it’s end and some are concerned this will easily sustain into September and possibly into October or November.

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A high-profile meeting was called on 1st August 2019 in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MOHFW) to overview the current dengue situation and activities undertaken. Mr. Zahid Maleque MP, Hon’ble Health Minister presided over the meeting. Mayors of both city corporations, Chief Coordinator for SDG Affairs, PMO, Secretaries of health and other ministries, DG, DGHS were present among others. Dr. Nagpal, Sr. Entomologist, WHO SEARO briefed the meeting on vector control management.

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The following actions were announced:

  • Fixed fees of basic dengue tests for private sector
  • Open One-stop Dengue Helpdesk at all hospitals
  • Extend dengue service / beds in all hospitals
  • Prepare 3 govt. hospitals in Dhaka for emergency dengue response
  • Distribution of more than 42,000 dengue kit to all districts, DSCC
  • Monitoring cell opened in the ministry
  • Workshop on national treatment guideline review
  • Discussion on feasibility / prospect of dengue vaccine in Bangladesh
  • Stand against misleading viral posts in social media
  • Involve medical college students in awareness campaign at schools