The Bangladeshi government Thursday denied that dengue
fever has assumed epidemic proportions and urged the people not to be panicked
as the disease can be prevented and managed.
"The death of 11 people, out of 239 attacked by dengue fever, is not a sign of
epidemic. Had the disease taken an epidemic form, the wards and corridors of
hospitals would have been packed with patients," Health and Family Welfare
Minister Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim told a press conference at his office.
Quoting the latest figures obtained from different public hospitals of the city,
Selim said a total of 11 dengue patients had so far died and 101 were released
after treatment out of the total 239 admitted.
Stressing the need for creating public awareness to combat the disease, the
health minister said the disease can be prevented through increased awareness
and by cleaning the breeding places of Aedes mosquitoes and killing their
Selim said the government has taken various measures to create public awareness,
and to prevent and manage dengue fever. A nine- member high-powered surveillance
team led by the Director General of Health has been formed for round-the-clock
monitoring of dengue fever and patients as well in the country, he said.