Minister: Dengue may have been brought in by air travelers

According to Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Minister Md Tajul Islam, Bangladesh never had Aedes mosquitoes before, and air travelers may have brought the disease.

In response to the current dengue situation, he said that the government is agitated.

Even though the government made relative progress in 2020 in addressing the dengue menace, the situation has deteriorated this year, and he said at the 5th interministerial meeting organized by the local government department at the Secretariat on Sunday (30 October) on the prevention of mosquito-borne diseases.

Dengue is worse in neighboring countries, according to the minister.

Tajul Islam stressed the importance of public involvement in the fight against dengue, saying concerned individuals must raise public awareness.

According to data on dengue cases in other Asian countries, such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, and India, Bangladesh has fewer dengue patients than in these countries.

This year, intermittent rains contribute to the rise in dengue cases due to weather changes.

According to the minister, Aedes mosquitoes have been controlled by the mayors of both city corporations.