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Number of dengue patients crosses 30,000 in 15 days

Four die in 2 dists in 24hrs
Saugato Bosu, Dhaka

The number of dengue affected people in the first two weeks of August has doubled compared to figures in the whole of July. In July, the number was 16,253, with 24 dead. In June, it was 1,884, with four dead. In May, the number was 193, with no record of death. In April, the number was 58 and the number of dead was two. But in August, the number of dengue affected patients was 29,819 in just 15 days and 10 deaths were recorded, according to Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) data.

However, unofficial data puts the number of dengue-affected patients across country beyond 30,000. However, the unofficial death toll in the last two weeks is 53. New dengue cases keep escalating in other districts of the country at a faster pace compared to Dhaka, according to the data of the DGHS.

Four people died in Dhaka and Magura after being diagnosed with dengue in hospitals yesterday (Thursday). With dengue spreading rapidly, health experts feared that the virus might intensify with people travelling from cities to home districts for the Eid holidays. The government has so far confirmed the deaths of 40 people, though unofficial estimates suggest a higher figure in the first eight months of this year.

According to doctors, dengue may spread further due to intermittent rain and raise the number of patients.  The doctors also warn that the situation may aggravate it the rain continues unabated. This year’s pre-monsoon rain caused an increase in the number of dengue cases compared to last year.

“Dengue can spread more due to the rain. As we cannot stop the rain, we have to use another way to get rid of the problem,” Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), told The Independent.

In Dhaka, a woman died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). She was Mousumi Akhter, 25, wife of Md Mamun and a resident of Bhandaria in Pirojpur. She used to live at Agargoan in the capital. The young woman died around 11:00am yesterday, confirmed DMCH police camp-in-charge Md Bachchu Mia.

Mousumi’s husband, Md Mamum, said she had tested positive for fever at the National Institute of Diseases of the Chest and Hospital on Wednesday and was later admitted to Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital. She was shifted to the intensive care unit of DMCH around 10:00am yesterday when her condition deteriorated. Another death has been reported at Dhaka Shishu (Children) Hospital yesterday. A minor son of a government doctor has died after being diagnosed with dengue in the hospital.

The child, Raj Chowdhury, 3, was the son of Dr Nirmal Kanti Chowdhury, Assistant Registrar of National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD). Medical officer at NICVD Pijsh Biswas said that the boy was admitted to Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital four days after he became ill with the fever.

The boy was later shifted to the Intensive Care Unit of Dhaka Shishu Hospital on Tuesday when his condition deteriorated, the doctor added. He died there of dengue shock syndrome on Thursday afternoon, he said. A total of five dengue deaths have so far been reported at the Shishu Hospital.

A health worker died of dengue at Bangladesh Medical College Hospital in Dhaka. The deceased was identified as Tapan Mandal, 35, hailing from Madaripur Sadar Upazila in Madaripur district.

At least seven people have died in Madaripur of dengue, said civil surgeon of Madaripur Shafiquel Islam.

In Magura, a man died of dengue at his home in Narshinghati village of Magura Sadar upazila. He was identified as Jainal Sharif, 52, working as an official of a private security agency in Dhaka. He fell sick on August 10 at his residence and was admitted to Magura Sadar Hospital. He was shifted to Faridpur Medical College and Hospital as his condition deteriorated. He was supposed to be taken to Dhaka, but died when he was taken home, said family members.

In Chandpur, a madrasa student died of dengue on Wednesday evening while he was being shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital from Cumilla Medical College. With this, the death toll in dengue rose to six in the district.

The madrasa student was identified as Abu Bakar Sihab,14, a  student of Hefjo class of the local Tamta Hafejia Madrasa.

In the last seven days, at least 13,614 people were admitted to hospital in Dhaka and outside Dhaka. The number was 2,002 on Friday, 2,176 on Saturday, 2,394 on Sunday, 2,093 on Monday, 1,200 on Tuesday, 1,880 on Wednesday and 1,929 yesterday.

The number of people affected is more in the district of Dhaka division. At least 295 people were admitted to hospitals in Dhaka division. In Chattogram, the number is 209, in Khulna 151, in Rangpur 81, in Rajshahi 130, in Barishal 171, in Sylhet 25 and in Mymensingh the number is 56.

The number of patients increased outdide Dhaka during the Eid holidays.

A total of 1,929 dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals across the country between Wednesday and yesterday morning.  Of them, 811 were admitted in Dhaka and 1,118 outside Dhaka.

Breaking all previous records, the number of recorded cases of dengue in the first eight months this year was 48,280. Of them, 40,670 have made full recovery.

As of August 15, as many as 40 people died of dengue across Bangladesh since January 1, according to the DGHS.

However, the unofficial count shows the death toll at 77. As many as 7,570 patients are currently receiving treatment in 40 government and private hospitals in Dhaka, whereas 1,430 have been hospitalised outside Dhaka. Till yesterday morning, about 86 per cent people have gone home after getting treatment. On August 9, the recovery percentage was 76.

Severe dengue was first recognised in the 1950s during dengue epidemics in the Philippines and Thailand. However, cases of dengue were detected in Bangladesh in 2000. As of now, more than 50,176 people suffered from the disease and 296 deaths were reported.



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