Health Desk—July 12, 2017: Health minister Mohammad Nasim on Tuesday said the two city corporations of Dhaka should take the blame for the rise in Chikungunya cases.
While addressing a World Population Day discussion at Osmani Memorial Hall, the minister said, "This is not our (health ministry) duty to clean up the city . . . this time the city corporations were not sincere in cleaning the city and eradicate mosquitoes resulting in the outbreak of Chikungunya".
State Minister Zahid Maleque, who also joined the function, blasted as well the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) saying they were "responsible for spread of the Chikungunya virus".
Nasim, however, noted that Chikungunya was not a "deadly disease" though the virus carried by mosquitoes identical to that of dengue carriers.
Health Education and Family Planning division secretary M Sirajul Islam chaired the function while Health Services division secretary Sirajul Haque Khan and Director General of Health Service (DGHS) Professor Dr Abul Kalam Azad spoke among others on the occasion.
According to health experts other common signs and symptoms of the disease include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash.