Dhaka – As the dengue outbreak intensified, the government on Wednesday announced an allocation of 150 million taka to control the mosquito-borne disease in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.
Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Tajul Islam came up with the disclosure in Dhaka when more and more patients were admitted to different hospitals.
Each of the bifurcated Dhaka city corporation will use 75 million taka to control the spread of the disease.
“Other cities will get different allocation,” the minister said adding that a total of 210 million taka to city corporations for cities and 300 million taka for municipalities were dispatched.
Bangladeshi hospitals have been struggling to handle the surge of patients as the South Asian country faced the worst outbreak of dengue fever that according to official counts killed at least 18 people.
But local media reports said the deaths from dengue were much higher than that of the official tally.
Officials in the health ministry said nearly 30,000 people were diagnosed positive with dengue virus since January this year. But, the outbreak intensified with the monsoon rain beginning in June.
According to the government’s health emergency control room, 29,912 people have been infected with the deadly virus until Tuesday.
Hospitals recorded admission of a total of 2,428 patients with the infections for treatment in the last 24 hours until Wednesday morning.
The latest victim died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the morning of Wednesday.
The Relifweb International reported that a high-profile meeting last week overviewed the current dengue situation and activities undertaken.
Hospitals opened one-stop Dengue Helpdesk at all hospitals to take care of the dengue infected people. Arrangements were made at three government hospitals in Dhaka for emergency dengue response.