POST TIME: 16 June, 2019 12:25:40 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 16 June, 2019 01:21:03 PM
Dengue takes alarming turn in capital

Dengue takes alarming 
turn in capital

The number of dengue patients has been increasing in various hospitals both in the capital and neighbouring districts at the onset of monsoon. According to data provided by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) control room, at least 462 dengue patients were admitted to various hospitals in the city from January 1 to June 14. Of them, 223 patients were admitted only between June1 and June 14. Among them, two patients died.

“The rise in the number of patients is due to the pre-monsoon rain. The number of patients has increased this year compared to last year,” Dr. Ayesha Akhter, in-charge of disease control room at the directorate of health, told The Independent. “We have received reports that the number of dengue patients in different hospitals of the country has gone up compared to last year. There are some new hospitals which also received dengue-affected patients,” she said.

She added: “There are three types of dengue – dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS).”  

Experts say the symptoms of dengue fever include high fever with at least two of the complications: headache, pain behind eyes, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands, joint or muscle pains, and rash.

They say the disease-resistance among children is low and that is why they fall ill within a short time. “If we can’t ensure treatment on time, affected children may face the risk of death,” they said.

In 2014, 375 dengue patients had been hospitalised, while the number of dengue patient have increased significantly to 3,162 in 2015. The number of patients doubled to 6,060 in 2016, while the number of patients was down to 2,769 in 2017.

In 2018, the number of dengue patients increased to 10,148.  

Prof Dr Asit Bardhan Adhikey, surgery head of cardiology department of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, told media recently, the first dengue fever attack weakens the human immune system. So, it takes a long time to recover if dengue strikes a second time.

He has warned that, if city dwellers are not alert and do not take preventive measures, they may be down with dengue fever.

Health experts urged people not to panic over the current rise in the incidence of dengue fever. People should keep their homes clean and get rid of unnecessary containers so that mosquitoes cannot breed in there, they said.

Professor Dr ABM Abdullah, former dean of medicine department of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, said: “I get three to four dengue patients every day. However, private clinics are receiving more patients than the hospitals.”

He has said if anyone is down with fever, he/she must keep in mind that it could be dengue. “If anyone has high fever with at least two of the following — headache, pain behind eyes, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands, joint or muscle pains, or rash—he may be suffering from dengue hemorrhagic fever,” he said.

He also added: “If anyone has fever for four to five days, he must consult a physician.”

When contacted, Abul Kalam Azad, director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), told The Independent that, although the number of people suffering from dengue fever had increased a little in the city this time compared to the previous years, the

situation is still under control and people should not panic.  “We’ve taken necessary measures to combat the Aedes mosquitoes, and dengue,” he added.  Emphasising the need to keep homesteads and adjacent areas clean and dry, he said such mosquitoes breed in stagnant water often found around our homes. They breed in cans, buckets, discarded tires and other kinds of containers holding stagnant water. “We have to remove such things and keep our places clean,” he said.

“We have already spoken to two city corporation authorities about the issue. We have a special meeting tomorrow morning regarding the current dengue issue,” he added.