Climate change increasing vector-borne diseases

Dhaka – Bangladesh’s parisite experts have said that the frequency of vector-borne parasitic diseases is increasing in human and animals as weather has effects on vector population dynamics and disease transmission.
They also said that high temperature and humidity favours the reproduction and survival of vectors of different diseases.
They were speaking on the inaugural session of twelfth biennial conference of Bangladesh Society for Parasitology (BSP) at the Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Mymensingh, 250 kilometres north of Dhaka on Saturday. The theme of the conference is ‘Climate change and Vector-Borne Parasitic diseases’.In the programme, they recommended the development of accurate models and surveillance to predict or detect outbreak and early warning of diseases.
Gender equity and empowering women through better health and education may reduce the frequency of vector-borne diseases, said Dr Tahasin Farzana, the keynote speaker.
She called for avoiding policy contraindication to make the global governance accountable and transparent.
The inaugural session was presided by Prof Dr Md Motahar Hussain Mondal, president of BSP. BAU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Ali Akbar was the chief guest and Brigadier General Md Fashiur Rahman, commandant of Combined Military Hospital, and Prof Dr Md Abdus Samad, dean of veterinary faculty, were special guests. Among others, Prof Dr Nurjahan Brgum, Prof Dr Abdul Alim and Prof Dr Md Hasanuzzaman Talukder spoke at the function.
A total 7 plenary lectures, 27 posters and 27 scientific papers were presented in the conference. – BAU Correspondent