In the light of the recently increased number of Chikungunya cases, WHO Bangladesh emphasizes the role of prevention in fighting the vector of this virus, responsible also for spreading of Dengue and Zika viruses. In a 2016 study conducted by WHO Bangladesh in collaboration with the Disease Control Directorate of the Ministry of Health, it was found that although there is some awareness about the menace of Aedes mosquito, action is lacking on the part of people to control mosquito breeding. There is also a lack of knowledge about where Aedes mosquito can breed or its biting habits.
Update II - 21 June 2017 - 160 confirmed deaths and 187 injured is the last toll of rain-triggered landslides that hit last week the South East of Bangladesh. The death toll is expected to increase as there are still 6 persons missing, 4 in Chittagong city and 2 in Bandarban district. 80,000 persons have been affected in five districts: Bandarban, Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Khagrachari and, Rangamati. 42, 000 have suffered heavy losses as the landslides completely destroyed their houses together with their belongings, livelihood and food stocks. Among the most affected, almost half are from Rangamati, followed by Bandarban and Chittagong with one quarter each, and by Cox’s Bazar and, Khagrachhari with much lower numbers.
With the rapid expansion of health care facilities, need for safe blood supply is ever growing in order to provide the essential health services in Bangladesh. Compiled reports from blood transfusion centers under public and private sectors revealed that over 600,000 units of blood were collected in 2016 against an estimated demand of 800,000. There are 319 blood transfusion centers in the country providing blood transfusion services covering both the public and private sectors. However, Bangladesh has received only 31 percent of its blood from voluntary donors. This number is very low, compared to other countries in South-East Asia, such as Thailand, India and Sri Lanka, where the number reaches as high as 95 percent. More than two thirds of blood donations come from relatives and friends of the patients.
Ramadan brings you a golden opportunity to stop smoking for good. If you are capable of not smoking from the dawn to the sunset, it means that the Tobacco is something you can overtake by your own strength, will and ambition. Studies showed that a smoker in Bangladesh would have to spend 5.5% of the national median income to purchase 10 of the cheapest cigarettes to smoke each day. If you are a smoker, this means you are left with less money for your children’s education, for better food or for medical expenses. More than money though, think that the best present you can bring to your family for this year’s Eid ul-Fitr is your decision to quit smoking, and to live a healthier life!