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12:00 AM, July 24, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, July 24, 2019

Malaria spreads in Rangamati’s Jurachari

Medical teams sent to the remote area as poor roads hamper shifting of patients to medical facilities

Different areas of Dumdumme union under Jurachari upazila in Rangamati see increasing cases of malaria over the last few months.

Dumdumme Para, Champai Para and Bogahali Para in the union are some of the worst affected villages, said health officials of Jurachari upazila.

“In June last year, we recorded 94 malaria patients, whereas this year the number reached 204,” said Bivas Khisa, health and family planning officer of Jurachari upazila. 

“Three medical teams from Jurachari Upazila Health Complex were sent to different remote areas in Dumdumme union for diagnosis and treatment of malaria patients,” he added.

Locals including public representatives have urged the authorities concerned to take necessary steps for proper treatment of the patients and checking spread of the disease.

The government should take immediate measures as the cases of malaria is on the rise in the remote area, said Shanti Raj Chakma, chairman of Dumdumme union parishad.

Roads in the union are in poor conditions and so, the patients find it difficult to reach upazila health complex for treatment, he added.

Shahid Talukder, civil surgeon of Rangamati, said they are closely monitoring the situation.

“Chattogram Hill Tracts is a malaria prone area and many people are infected by the disease amid lack of awareness. The health officials at all upazilas in Rangamati have been alerted and asked to send reports on malaria situation on a regular basis.

“We have arranged awareness meetings with health and family planning officers in ten upazilas of the district and sent them instructions in this regard. The health department is spraying larvicides on mosquito breeding grounds,” he said.

He also suggested the authorities of upazila health complexes and clinics to send malaria patients to Rangamati Sadar Hospital and other health facilities in the district headquarters for better treatment.

Muhammad Mahfuzur Rahman, Jurachari upazila nirbahi officer, said he has asked the upazila health and family planning officer to take necessary steps to address the situation.

Earlier, Sajek union of Baghaichari upazila in Rangamati also saw an outbreak of the disease, where the upazila health office recorded 120 malaria patients in June.

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