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21 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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2 more die of dengue

Disease shows downtrend but fatalities rise
MD HABIBULLA, Dhaka

The number of fresh dengue patients admitted to hospitals across the country is showing a downward trend over the last few days. However, the death toll continues to rise with two to four deaths reported daily. Two more patients died of dengue in Faridpur and Shariatpur district yesterday. The first victim was Shaheb Ali, 38, from Rajbari district, who died at Faridpur Medical College Hospital. He was admitted to the hospital on Monday in a critical condition. He died later at night.

The second victim was Suraiya Begum, 35, wife of Kamal Hossain from Shariatpur district. She died while she was being taken to Dhaka for better treatment. According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) data, 1,572 new dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals in the past 24 hours from 8am on Monday till 8am on Tuesday. Of the new cases in the past 24 hours, 750 were in Dhaka and 822 outside Dhaka. The number of dengue cases recorded last Sunday was 1,706, while the number on Monday was 1,615. The number of dengue cases went down to 1,572 yesterday.

In contrast, the death toll from dengue continues to increase despite a fall in new infection across the country. The government has already confirmed 40 deaths, while unofficial estimates suggest a much higher death toll. Around 56,369 people have been infected with the deadly disease across the country this year. Analysing various media reports and talking with different government and private hospitals in the city, The Independent found the number of deaths as of now this year to be about 93. As of now this month till August 20, at least 65 people died of dengue.  According to doctors, most dengue victims died due to the ‘dengue shock syndrome’.

“The number of fresh dengue patients is showing a downward trend in the last few days. We’ve admitted at least 14 patients yesterday while the number of admission was at least 20 patients on Monday in my hospital,” Prof. Dr Khandakar Ezaz Ahmed, director, Holy Family Red Crescent Medical Collage Hospital, told The Independent.    

Dr ATM Nazrul Islam, deputy director of the Central Hospital, Dhanmondi has said they have been getting fewer dengue patients in the last few days.

“We’ve received 19 dengue cases yesterday, while the number was 23 on Monday,” he said.

However, official figures suggest 89 per cent of dengue patients left hospitals after receiving treatment, while the trend of new dengue cases had declined in the last few days.

The number of admitted patients currently undergoing treatment in government and private hospitals combined is 6,470, according to the DGHS data.

Dr Ayesha Akhter, in-charge of the disease control room, at the Directorate of Health told The Independent that the number of dengue cases reported from different state-run and private hospitals was decreasing gradually.

“As the government has taken several initiatives to control the situation, hopefully, the number of fresh dengue patients will decrease very soon,” she said.

She said following a review of 70 cases of death, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) confirmed a total of 40 deaths due to dengue.

“We’ve already confirmed 40 deaths due to dengue infection till August 20 after reviewing 70 suspected dengue death cases. Of the rest 30 suspected dengue cases, a few died of other reasons. A few were infected with dengue but died of other reasons. Our investigation is underway with regard to the other deaths,” said Prof. Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director, Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).  

She also said it was difficult to confirm immediately the number of deaths from dengue as it required a long process to confirm any death caused by dengue infection.

There are three types of dengue—dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS). Twenty-seven out of the 40 deceased were infected with dengue shock syndrome, she said.

 

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