Slow decline in dengue cases

Staff Correspondent

3 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

At least 865 new dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals in the country during the last 24 hours till Monday as new cases of the mosquito–borne disease slowly declined.

Health Emergency Operations Centre and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said 396 patients were hospitalised in Dhaka while 469 outside the capital. 

The number dengue cases were recorded 902 on Sunday, 760 on Saturday and 1,025 on Friday. It was 1,189 on Thursday, 1,157 on Wednesday, and 1,299 on Tuesday.

The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) received reports of 188 suspected deaths caused by dengue across the country but 57 deaths have been confirmed so far after reviewing 96 cases.

However, unofficial figures suggest a much higher death toll from dengue. Over 75,000 people were

hospitalised. Of them, around 170 died since January.

The health directorate said a total of 67,843 dengue patients were discharged from hospitals.

Official estimates say 94 percent of dengue patients left the hospitals after taking treatment while the number of new cases has been decreasing in the last few days.

However, there is no record of how many patients are being treated at private chambers. Almost all government and semi-government hospitals are providing outdoor treatment to dengue patients.

The health directorate said a total of 41,494 patients were admitted to 41 private and public hospitals in Dhaka city till Monday this year. Some 30,468 dengue patients were admitted to hospitals in districts across the country outside Dhaka city during the same time.

DGHS data on Morning also shows that some 3,931 people were currently being treated for dengue. Of them, 2,177 are taking treatment in 41 private and public hospitals of Dhaka.