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Abdul Alim :
Four persons, including two minor boys, died of  mosquito-borne dengue virues undergoing treatment in  different hospitals in Dhaka, Faridpur and Barisal on Friday.
Also 2,326 more people newly infected with dengue amid the war against aedes  across the country in 24 hours since yesterday afternoon, reports a data of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
It also said that total of 34,666 people have been affected by dengue this year from January 1 till August 9.
According to DGHS, a total of 29 dengue patients have died across the country from January 1 to till August 9. However, the unofficial death toll is 73.
A total of 5,140 patients are currently receiving treatment in 40 government and private hospitals in Dhaka, whereas a total of 3,625people have been hospitalized outside Dhaka.
In the latest,  the deceased Rifat, 10, son of Khorshed, hailed from Jamalpur, was brought to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Thursday night with dengue fever.  Later, he died around 12:30am.
Also, Mehraz Hasan, 8, infected with mosquito-borne dengue virues, died around 8:59 am at the United Hospital, sources at the hospital said.
In Barisal, Mujibur Rahman Mollah, 52, died of dengue while undergoing treatment at Barishal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital around 2:00am.
Mujibor, also the Aeneral Secretary of Barguna Rifles Club, was admitted to the hospital around 11:30 pm on Thursday, said Dr Bakir Hossain, director of the hospital. Mujibor came here with fever from Dhaka, he said. Besides, Lipi Akther, 30, a house wife of Mahbub Khalifa, was admitted to the Faridpur Medical College Hospital on August 7 with dengue, and died around 12 pm on Friday.  She has 7 year and 3 year daughter.    According to the hospital registrar, a total of 22 people have died of dengue at DMCH. The number of admitted patients currently undergoing treatment in government and private hospitals combined is 8,765, mentioned the speakers at a regular discussion held at the Health ministry on Friday morning. "The admission rate of dengue patients has decreased by 5 per cent while the rate of discharged patients increased to 36pc, in the last 24 hours," said Dr Ayesha Akter, assistant director of Health Emergency Operations Centre(DGHS) and Control Room(CR).
He said,  almost 75 pc dengue patients have recovered and returned home countrywide.
Besides, Dhaka North City Corporation (DSCC) authorities imported medicine for mosquito elimination that started to spry on Friday, said an internal sources.
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon said that Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) mayor Sayeed Khokon said imported medicine for mosquito elimination would be used since Saturday.
"Besides, leftovers of sacrificial animals will be removed within 24 hours," the mayor said while visiting in old parts of Dhaka on Friday (August 9).
75 wards of DSCC will be divided into 10 regions. Each region is under the caretaker of a first class government officer.  
He urged to use city corporation hotline number-09611000999, if waste is found in anywhere of the city. Hotline operators will send cleaners to your home or area.  The overall work of waste removal will be monitored on Facebook.
Besides, a total of 24 makeshift cattle markets, with several lakh sacrificial animals, have been set up for the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha.  Experts fear the conditions there may become favourable for mosquitoes to breed.
"The water of wet hay is suitable for breeding by Aedes mosquitoes. If the water from the hay pools some place, that becomes an even more favourable place," said entomologist Kabirul Bashar of Jahangirnagar University.
He said they usually make ovitrap to collect Aedes mosquitoes and their eggs.
"We put water from wet hay into the ovitrap to attract Aedes mosquitoes to lay eggs," according to him. "Cleaning the cattle markets properly is very important to destroy these breeding places," said Bashar.
On the other hand, cattle traders will be most at risk during this time, as most either do not take proper protection against Aedes mosquitoes or may not know what precautionary measures to take against dengue.
Md Ariful came at the market on Monday with 20 cattle from Kushtia. He kept his cows amid ankle deep water.
"I raised the cattle for the last one year for this festival. … I'm not worried about dengue," he said.
Kankar Ghosh, epidemiologist of Dhaka Shishu Hospital said cattle traders are very vulnerable during this time as the traders would remain busy with their cattle.
Many also do not have any idea about dengue, so the DGHS and city corporations need to raise awareness on the issue among them.
He also suggested to make sure the cattle traders use mosquito nets, spray aerosol or use mosquito repellent coils when they sleep.

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