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HC wants to know number of people died in dengue

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Health Desk- Nov 07, 2019: The High Court Wednesday wanted to know the number of people who died of dengue fever across the country this year.

The court asked Deputy Attorney General Kazi Mynul Hasan to inform the number of deaths on November 11.

The bench of Justice Tariq-ul Hakim and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir Lytton passed the order during hearing a suo motu (voluntary) rule issued in this regard. It also set November 11 for further hearing on this issue.

Confusion over dengue death toll was created as government and media sources were presenting different sets of information regarding the number of deaths.

Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) death review committee confirmed 112 deaths so far after reviewing 179 suspected cases, while it received 251 suspected dengue death cases.

During Wednesday’s proceedings, the HC observed that authorities do not have much credit in controlling the Aedes mosquito menace.

The epidemic has reduced as the season is over, it said.

The court, however, appreciated the role of media in raising awareness among people about the mosquito menace.