Outbreak of mass fever panics people30 July 2021
An anxious mother sits beside her dengue-affected child at Holy Family Hospital in Dhaka on Thursday.
Reza Mahmud :
Zinan Binte Zaman, a teacher of Dhaka College, living in Dhanmondi area in the capital, has been suffering from fever for past several days.
She has not shown any heed to go for testing if it is a dengue or other type of fever or not.
Yousuf Ahmed, a landlord of Gandaria in the capital also suffered from severe fever for half a month recently. But he was not diagnosed in any hospital nor he went to test samples if it was Covid-19 or not.
It has been found that many people of different age groups are suffering from fever in the capital.
But it is not highly hot weather since rainfall is found frequently which is bringing cold air as relief.
Al Amin, a media worker of Jatrabari area said that he has been suffering from fever for past several days.
Ayesha Binte Huque, a three years old child from Mirpur area also suffered from fever for days.
Similarly, many others are found suffering from the fever in different areas in Dhaka.
Most of the fever patients and their family members claimed that those are not Covid or dengue.
Sources said the fever is increasing several areas in the capital. Especially the Outbreak has been found mostly in Mirpur areas.
Public health experts said that all cases should be considered as either Dengue or COVID, to be tested for both and at the first instance if not appears positive, then start symptomatic treatment.
They said, if diagnosed as either Dengue or COVID, specific treatment as per protocol should be started without delaying.
The experts also suggested that if symptoms of COVID are found, then the patients have to take isolation with contact tracing.
But the health authorities possibly are not aware of it. Officials from the Directorate General of Health Services said that they had not any data or information about the 'normal' fever.
When contacted, Kamrul Kibria, Assistant Director of MIS of the DGHS and the In Charge of the control room told The New Nation, "We have gathered information of dengue fever and the Covid-19. There are no data of normal or seasonal fever to us."
When contacted, Professor Dr. M. Muzaherul Huq, former Advisor of the World Health Organisation told The New Nation on Thursday, "All cases should be considered as either Dengue or COVID. They should be tested for both and at the first instance if it is not positive then start symptomatic treatment."
He said, "There may even be pyrexia of unknown origin which needs constant close observations."
The Professor said, all diagnosed cases should be recorded properly as to those who are suffering from fever.