Experts blame lack of awareness for chikungunya outbreak

Dhaka,  Wed,  23 August 2017
Published : 10 Jul 2017, 00:41:38
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Experts blame lack of awareness for chikungunya outbreak

Menon urges all to help prevent the disease
Health experts blamed lack of awareness at the family level for the current surge in chikungunya disease, saying that the city dwellers are not aware enough to destroy breeding sources of aedes mosquitoes, reports BSS.

"People in Dhaka city should be more cautious to keep their houses clean and destroy all potential mosquito breeding sources to prevent chikungunya disease," Prof Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), told the news agency on Sunday.

"We are observing that the city dwellers are showing negligence to destroy aedes mosquitoes... They should supplement the efforts of the government to prevent chikungunya disease," she added.

Prof Flora said: "We think that the outbreak of the disease has apparently decreased a little bit. But we have to wait for the next few days to confirm the real scenario of the disease."

A control room on chikungunya disease was opened at IEDCR on July 3, she said adding that anyone can contact the control room for consulting with doctors on chikungunya.

"As many as 566 people in the capital have been diagnosed with mosquito-borne chikungunya disease. On an average, about 30 to 35 people contact IEDCR per day to know about the disease," Prof Flora said.

Senior Scientific Officer of Institute of IEDCR Dr SM Alamgir said that two species of mosquito-aedes aegypti and aedes albopictus-cause chikungunya disease.

"Alongside eliminating the breeding sources of mosquito, people should be educated on this disease as there is no special treatment for this," he added.

Dr Alamgir suggested destroying all potential mosquito breeding sources as the outbreak of chikungunya disease in the capital has increased sharply this year.

He said a massive awareness campaign is needed to destroy the breeding sources of mosquito for stopping outbreak of chikungunya disease.

Health experts said chikungunya affected people should drink much water and take full rest. There is no need of any laboratory test as the diseases could be diagnosed easily by observing some common symptoms.

At a press conference held recently, Prof Dr Sania Tahmina, director of disease control unit and line director of Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS), said: "We have conducted a survey at 50 sites of 47 wards in Dhaka city to identify risk areas for chikungunya disease."

A UNB report adds: Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon urged on Sunday all to come forward to raise awareness among people to prevent chikungunya.

"Chikungunya has become a matter of great concern for all of us. But there is nothing to get panicked. We will build resistance instead of being panicked," he said.

The minister came up with the remarks while inaugurating an awareness building campaign to prevent chikungunya, a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes, organised by Jubo Moitri Bangladesh at the Dhaka Reporters' Unity.

The Minister, also the Workers Party chief, said: "I am very happy that Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and other government organisations have been working to increase consciousness among people."

The government cannot tackle the problem single-handedly, people from all walks of life have to work together to fight chikungunya, he added.

During the campaign they sprayed insecticides to kill mosquito larvae at 18 points of the city.
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