POST TIME: 22 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Dengue death toll increases to 121
Says Directorate General of Health Services

Dengue death toll increases to 121

The health department yesterday confirmed another nine deaths from dengue fever in recent days, bringing the total number of fatalities in the country to 121 since January.

The disease, however, was first detected in the country back in 2000, while at least 93 people died.

“The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has so far this year analysed 193 out of 264 cases of death and confirmed 121 deaths to have been caused by the disease,” said Dr Ayesha Akhter, in-charge of the disease control room at DGHS.

According to the DGHS, a total of 123 dengue patients got admitted to various hospitals across the country in the last 24 hours. Among them, 57 were admitted to various hospitals in the capital and remaining 66 to hospitals outside the capital.

The DGHS control room in a press release yesterday said at least 565 patients are currently undergoing treatment in government and private hospitals across the country.

In total, 271 patients are currently receiving treatment in 41 government and private hospitals in the capital with the remaining total of 294 patients undergoing treatment outside Dhaka.

As of today, the number of recorded dengue patients this year has hit 99,263. Of the total, at least 52,636 were hospitalised in August alone, the data showed.

A total of 98,434 patients were already released from the hospitals following their recovery.

About 98.2 per cent of the dengue patients, admitted to different hospitals across the country, were released from hospitals after treatment, according to health officials.