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11 August, 2019 12:02:01 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 11 August, 2019 02:11:40 PM

Hospitals under stress as 2 more die, 2,176 admitted in 24hrs

Dengue Outbreak
Staff Reporter, Dhaka
Hospitals under stress as 2 more die, 2,176 admitted in 24hrs

Two more dengue patients, including a child, died Friday night and yesterday even as hospitals across the country admitted a large number of dengue patients to cope with the crisis. Breaking all previous records in the country, the number of recorded cases of dengue in the first eight months this year has hit 38,844, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). A total of 2,176 dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals in the last 24 hours, between Friday and Saturday morning, across the country.

As of August 10, as many as 29 people died of dengue across Bangladesh since January 1, according to DGHS, while the unofficial count shows death toll to be 70. As many as 5,140 patients are currently receiving treatment in 40 government and private hospitals in Dhaka, whereas a total of 3,625people have been hospitalized outside Dhaka. Two deaths were reported in Barishal and Thakurgaon yesterday.

The number of admitted patients currently undergoing treatment in government and private hospitals combined is 9,420, and

of them, 5,258 are in Dhaka, indicates the DGHS data.

Meanwhile, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said yesterday that people had overcome their fear of dengue and were busy making preparations for the upcoming holy Eid-ul-Azha.

He said this during a visit to supervise a mobile court drive at the Mohakhli bus terminal in Dhaka against the charging of extra ticket prices from passengers on Saturday.

In Thakurgaon, a teenage college girl died on her way to the Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH) from Thakurgaon Sadar Hospital on Friday night.

The deceased, Opi Rani Rai, 16, was declared dead by Dr Farhana Akhter, the duty doctor

of Dinajpur Sadar Hospital. Opi was admitted to the sadar hospital after she fell ill and was diagnosed with dengue. When her condition deteriorated, doctors referred her to the (RMCH) for better treatment, said hospital officials.

From July 23, a total of 62 dengue patients have been admitted to the sadar hospital till date, said the district civil surgeon. In Barishal, a Class-IV student, Rushra, 10, suffering from dengue, died at the Barishal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital (SBMCH) at 8 am Saturday.

Rushra’s parents tried to admit her into SBCHM in Barishal, but as there was no seat available, they admitted her in a private hospital where doctors diagnosed her with dengue.

However, she was later shifted to the ICU of SBCHM’s child unit, said family members.

Doctors of the child unit of the hospital tried their best to save her, but Rusha died around 8:00am, he said.

Dr Bakir Hossain, director of the SBMCH, said Rushra came from Dhaka with her family members to observe the upcoming Eid Ul Azha at her maternal grandmother’s home at Razapur in Jhalakathi on Thursday.

According to a DGHS review meeting, from the beginning of this year till now, a total of 38,844 people have been affected by dengue. A total of 29,395 have gone home after undergoing treatment. The number of people going home after recovery is increasing.

Till Friday, about 76 per cent of the patients had returned home after treatment.

The briefing informed that in comparison with August 7, the number of people going back home with treatment on August 8 and 9 was 24 and 19 per cent more respectively. The total number of dengue patients admitted to hospitals across the country is 8,763. In Dhaka, the 40 public and private hospitals have 5,076 dengue patients.

Most of the public hospitals in the capital are finding it difficult to accommodate so many people coming to them with dengue fever.

The Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) is bearing the brunt as 848 patients are taking treatment there while 3,171 patients left the hospital after the treatment.

Among the private hospitals in the capital that have admitted the most number of dengue patients is Holy Family Hospital treating as of now 224. Besides, 993 patients have already taken their treatment and left the hospital.

Until now, extremely high fever, rashes, and vomiting used to be considered symptoms of the fever. But doctors now suggest seeing them immediately after the signs of fever begin to show up.

Dengue fever can take an alarming turn as the heart, kidneys, and the brain of a patient can get affected very fast, sending a patient into a state of shock.

According to doctors, most dengue victims have died due to the ‘dengue shock syndrome’. The doctors said there is a definite rise in the number of dengue patients this year and children are more at risk.

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 per day, on average, this month.

Doctors in various hospitals said they were facing a immense pressure daily to provide treatment and accommodate a large number of dengue patients. The situation would spin out of their control if the number of dengue cases kept rising.

“We have received a record number of dengue patients from across the country so far this month. This month, the number of dengue cases is much higher than that of last month,” said Dr Ayesha Akhter, in-charge of the disease control room at the Directorate of Health.

She also said the health department had taken several initiatives to control the situation. “If the initiatives taken by DGHS work properly, the number of dengue patients will hopefully decrease soon,” she added.




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