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19 August, 2019 12:43:10 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 19 August, 2019 08:47:16 PM
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One more dies, 1,706 hospitalised in 24hrs

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
One more dies, 1,706 hospitalised in 24hrs

The number of dengue patients shows no sign of decline as one patient died and at least 1,706 were admitted to different hospitals across the country yesterday. The number of admissions was 1,460 on Saturday with four deaths. A farmer named Razu from Jamalpur municipality died from dengue yesterday at Mymensingh Medical College Hospital, Mymensingh, (MMCH). Earlier on Saturday night, a college student named Mehedi Hasan Mim Talukder, 17, died of dengue at Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib General Hospital.

The deceased was an eleventh grader of Govt Haji Korop Ali Memorial Degree College and son of Aminul Islam MonnuTalukder of Haluakandi village in Kamarkhand upazila. Mehedi was admitted to the hospital with dengue fever on August 14 and died at 8 pm on Saturday, said doctors.

The lowest number of recorded admissions this month was 1,201 during the Eid holiday on August 13. The figure was 1,721 on Friday, 1,933 on Thursday, 1,882 on Wednesday, 1,201 on Tuesday and 2,097 on Monday.

Dengue spreads among humans through the bites of infected Aedes mosquitoes. According to the Directorate General Health Service (DGHS), a total of 53,182 dengue patients had been hospitalised since January 1 this year. Among them, 40 patients have died. However, the number of affected people is more in Dhaka division. At least 252 people have been admitted to hospitals in Dhaka division,  188 in Chattogram, 133 in Khulna, 63 in Rangpur, 120 in Rajshahi, 140 in Barishal, 19 in Sylhet and 57 in Mymenshing.

However, after analysing different media reports and talking to government as well as private hospitals in the city, The Independent found that the number of deaths caused by dengue is about 58 in the first 15 days of this month. According to doctors, most dengue victims have died due to the ‘dengue shock syndrome’. They say there is a definite rise in the number of dengue patients this year and children are more at risk.  Out of all dengue patients, 45,974 have been already discharged from hospitals after complete recovery.

Altogether 1,706 dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals in the last 24 hours. Of them, 734 people were admitted in Dhaka and 972 outside Dhaka.

In a press release issued yesterday noon, the DGHS said the number of patients currently undergoing treatment at government and private hospitals is 7,161.

In total, 3,668 patients are currently receiving treatment at 41 government and private hospitals in the capital, while 3,500 are being treated outside the capital.

According to DGHS data, new dengue cases are escalating in other districts of the country at a faster pace compared to Dhaka.

“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 compared to last month,” said Dr Ayesha Akhter, in-charge of the disease control room at the Directorate of Health.

She also said that the health department had taken several initiatives to control the situation. “If the initiatives taken by the DGHS work properly, the number of dengue patients will hopefully decrease soon,” she added.  This year’s pre-monsoon rainfall has triggered a spurt in the number of dengue patients compared to that in the last year.

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