People in our country are getting no relief owing to the dengue epidemic which is only getting worse. Conditions outside the capital have also alarmingly deteriorated. The number of patients admitted to hospitals in rural areas were higher than in the capital, last week.
Most medical centres outside the capital are not even adequately equipped to treat this deluge of patients due to the shortage of manpower. These are leaving patients with fewer options, in turn, creating huge pressure on the hospitals that are tending to dengue cases. The situation has been exacerbated by Dhaka dwellers travelling to different districts during the Eid holidays.
Experts have advised people in remote areas to use mosquito nets along with other preventive measures. Destroying the breeding ground of Aedes mosquitoes is the optimum way to stop the epidemic. Solely relying on the government to bring the situation under control will not help given its severity. Locals should participate by spraying mosquito repellents, keeping their areas clean and by spreading awareness. This has to be turned into a social movement where everyone should take effective measures to control the damage.
Hadi Zaman, by email