Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque today ( May 29) said dengue infection has increased fivefold in the past five months as 1,704 dengue patients were reported from January 1 to May 29 this year.
He said: "Dengue infection has increased five times compared to last year as a significant number of dengue patients have been detected this year."
He made the remarks at a press briefing at his ministry.
Maleque also said: "We have taken all necessary measures to prevent the dengue disease... we have directed all relevant organizations to take steps for stopping the outbreak of the disease".
As part of the collective efforts, the health ministry has provided a survey report on dengue situation to the city corporations of Dhaka to take preventive measures including destroying breeding grounds of Aedes mosquito.
The health minister urged city dwellers to keep their houses clean for controlling the outbreak of the dengue disease.
The country may witness a massive outbreak of dengue disease this year as heavy rainfall is occurring this summer, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) sources said.
BDST: 1931 HRS, MAY 29, 2023