Health Desk—July 11, 2017: Aiming to tackle chikungunya cases, the health ministry has decided to open help desks in all government run hospitals across Bangladesh.
Director General of Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS) Abul Kalam Azad on Monday said, the decision was taken following the directive of Health Minister Mohammed Nasim.
He said initiatives would also be taken to set up joint pain clinics for chikungunya patients at all hospitals. These clinics would give necessary information and recommendations regarding physiotherapy or medicines.
Azad passed on to the minister’s directives on the issue to the directors, divisional directors and civil surgeons of all government hospitals around the country via a video conference at the DGHS.
Earlier, the DGHS had opened ‘Public Health Emergency Operation Centre’ to observe the chikungunya situation.
A hotline for the people seeking information regarding the disease is also open 24/7. The phone numbers are - 01937-110011 and 01937-000011.
The DGHS has also urged all to visit the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) website – www.iedcr.gov.bd – to learn in details about the disease and stay vigilant.