Countless people are suffering from cold-related complications from cold to respiratory problems.
Some are even facing cold diarrhoea. Specialists say that this is due to change in weather and the problems are exacerbated by dust in the city.
The whole of Dhaka is seeing development work but due to the absence of proper safeguards, dust is spreading. This is contributing to overall pollution.
From Nov 1 till Feb 24, 549,113 persons have been affected; of this, 93,828 have faced respiratory ailments, with 22 losing their lives. Diarrhoea attacked 218,878 persons and of these nine persons died.
Another 236,000 were affected by other diseases of which thirty persons died.
Director of IEDCR, Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora, says: “We need to change our lifestyle; pollution is rising which is the main cause for respiratory problems. We should use tissues or handkerchiefs and wash our hands regularly.”
Assistant director of a health emergency operation centre, Dr Ayesha Akhter adds: “Dust is rising due to change in weather; though it’s normal during the daytime, at night it a little chilly. This discrepancy is resulting in health issues.