POST TIME: 15 August, 2019 12:39:40 AM
Dengue kills 8 in four days

Dengue kills 8 in four days

As many as eight people succumbed to dengue in Dhaka, Madaripur, Rajshahi, Laxmipur, Khulna and Pabna districts during the Eid-ul-Azha holidays and yesterday. The government has confirmed 40 dengue deaths this year, but unofficial estimates have put the toll at 75. As per the government data, 27,507 persons infected with the disease have been admitted to hospitals across Bangladesh in the first 14 days of August, compared to 16,253 in July.

In past four days, 7,597 people were admitted into hospitals in the capital and outside, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). As per the break up, 2,394 people were hospitalised on Sunday, 2,093 on Monday, 1,200 on Tuesday and 1,880 till yesterday morning.

Meanwhile, the number of dengue patients outside Dhaka has surged during the Eid holydays. Between Tuesday and yesterday morning, 1,880 dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals across the country. Of them, 755 cases were in Dhaka and 1,125 cases were elsewhere in the country.

Breaking all previous records in the country, the number of registered dengue cases in the first eight months of this year has hit 46,351, DGHS said. Of them, 38,442 patients have made full recovery. As many as 7,869 patients are currently receiving treatment in 40 government and private hospitals in Dhaka, whereas 1,551 people have been hospitalized elsewhere in the country.

On Tuesday, health minister Zahid Maleque said the number of new patients was declining because the people were becoming more aware about the disease. The minister said this after visiting Kurmitola General Hospital, Kuwait Bangladesh Friendship Government Hospital and Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka. The number of death has increased outside Dhaka and others districts of the country.

In Madaripur, 75-year-old Abdul Mazid died of dengue at his home at Nilkhi village in Shibchar upazila yesterday.

Baheratal Uttar Union Parishad (UP) chairman Zakir Hossain confirmed the matter. “After being infected with dengue virus, Mazid’s blood platelet count dropped alarmingly. He was admitted to Central Hospital in Dhaka. But after receiving treatment for seven days, he was taken to his ancestral home on Tuesday evening. He died that night,” he said.

Six people, including Mazid, have succumbed to dengue in Madaripur this year, the UP chairman added.

In Pabna, a college boy died of dengue at Pabna Medical College Hospital last night. This is the first dengue death in the district, hospital sources said.

Confirming the matter, Pabna General Hospital assistant director Ranjan Kumar Dutta said that Mahfuz was hospitalised with the fever around 3 pm on Tuesday and died around 12.30 am yesterday. Mahfuz was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition and despite frantic efforts, he could not be saved, the official added.

In Dhaka, an eight-year-old girl died of dengue fever at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday, said hospital director Dr Uttam Kumar Barua.

The deceased, Samia, was admitted to the hospital on August 10 and passed away around 6 am on Tuesday, Barua added.

Another patient, Md Billal (40), died early on Tuesday at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). In Khulna, a man died of dengue at Khulna Medical College Hospital on Tuesday morning. The deceased was identified as Rasel (32), a resident of Gopalganj.

Khulna civil surgeon Abdur Razzak said Rasel was hospitalised with dengue two days ago.

In Laxmipur, Parash (4), who hailed from Daspara in Kamalnagar upazila, died of dengue around 10 pm on Monday.

Dr Morshed Alam Hiru, a child specialist at Laxmipur Sadar Hospital, said he had referred Parash to Noakhali General Hospital. “He died while being taken there,” he added.

In Dhaka, a child succumbed to dengue at Dhaka Shishu Hospital on Sunday night. In Rajshahi, Abdul Malek (19) died at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) on Monday, sources said.

“Malek was infected with dengue while he was in Dhaka. Later, he was hospitalised in Chapainawabganj district. But when his condition deteriorated, he was admitted to RMCH,” said Dr Saiful Ferdous, deputy director of RMCH.

Till now, extremely high fever, rashes, and vomiting were considered as symptoms of the fever. Doctors, however, advised people to seek medical help immediately after signs of fever.  They warned that the dengue virus can affect a patient’s heart, kidneys and brain at an alarming pace, sending the person into shock.

Doctors at various hospitals admitted that they were facing huge pressure to provide treatment and accommodate the large inflow of dengue patients daily. The situation could spin out of control if the number of dengue cases kept rising, they added.

Experts said both private and state-run hospitals were receiving a large number of dengue patients every day and the number was continuing to rise rapidly, claiming three to four lives daily on an average. According to doctors, most victims have died due to the ‘dengue shock syndrome’. They said there was a definite rise in the number of dengue patients this year and children were more at risk.