Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) on Sunday launched a blood bank programme to serve dengue-affected patients as the mosquito-borne disease which has now spread across the country.
FBCCI president Sheikh Fazle Fahim told media at a discussion meeting on countrywide dengue outbreak and its prevention at his Motijheel office in the capital.
“The blood will be collected as per dengue patients’ demand. The situation turned alarming in the country after flood. We have to work now to create awareness among people about the disease,” he also said.
Fahim laid emphasis on importing the kit in large numbers so that dengue patients do not suffer due to late detection of the disease.
“FBCCI has taken this dengue awareness programme as part of its CSR activities,” he added.
Fahim mentioned that they will drive the cleanliness programme at the household, work place and, also in the construction areas with the assistance of REHAB. This program will continue for the next season.
According to a statement of the organisation, Fahim started the activities of the Blood Bank in the afternoon donating blood himself.
Bangladesh Private Medical College Association (BPMCA) president Mubin Khan underscored to form monitoring cell for overall observation of dengue patients.
“Free treatment system should be launched for poor patients. Handbills should be distributed among people specially students to create awareness,” he also said.
Dr. Refayet Ullah Sharif, Managing Director of City Medical College and Hospital said that the dengue disease turned into epidemic in the country now. “We lost many lives here. So keep your homes clean as well as the surrounding areas so that Aedes mosquitos can’t be born. Creating awareness is very important for everyone.”
Dr. Md. Jahangir Alam, Chairman of Jahangirnagar Hospital Ltd said that previously dengue only affected Dhaka city but now it spread across the country following negligence of authorities concerned.
“We noticed dengue around the year 2000 in our country. I completed training then on the disease. Now it has created panic. But this year it turned dangerous. Kits prices are now high following shortage in markets. So many kits are needed,” he added.
Dr Alam added dengue patients can survive with good treatment. So, we all have to be aware and the government has to come forward. “Drink water, orsaline and better medicine for dengue fever. Go to a qualified doctor. Don’t go to quack doctors,” he added.
FBCCI Senior Vice President MD Muntakim Ashraf, Vice President Nizamuddin Rajesh and the Directors were present there.
According to the government, a total of 22,919 people have been hospitalised with dengue since January 1.unb