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Govt officials ordered; Eid holidays of doctors, health officials cancelled

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The Cabinet Division on Tuesday ordered government officials to clean their workplaces and houses to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne disease dengue, Agencies report.

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, acting Secretary (coordination and reforms) of the Cabinet Division, said this after a meeting with concerned secretaries over preventing dengue, flood and rumour. Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam chaired the meeting.

“Letters will be sent to government officers and staff in this regard,” he said.

Dengue has now spread across the country with 1,335 new cases reported in the last 24 hours until 8am on Tuesday. The government insists that only eight people have died of the mosquito-borne disease. 

Meanwhile, the Cabinet cancelled Eid holidays of all doctors, and concerned health ministry officials.

“Other government officials have been strongly discouraged not to go on Eid holidays ,” said Mujibur Rahman.

The education secretary told the meeting that teachers and students of all educational institutions have been asked to raise awareness about dengue, Rahman said.

Officials were also directed to use effective insecticides to exterminate Aedes mosquitoes responsible for dengue. 

Divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners have been instructed to prevent rumour and dengue. 

Mujibur Rahman said the flood situation has been improving and the deputy commissioners have been instructed to take necessary steps for rehabilitation after the water recedes.

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