Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Vice-Chancellor (VC) Professor Kanak Kanti Barua on Tuesday said the overall dengue situation in Bangladesh is stable.
“Some serious dengue patients have been admitted to BSMMU but their condition is improving. Two patients died of the disease at the hospital. We’re trying to provide better services,” he said after visiting Dengue Treatment Cell (DTC) opened on July 27 at the hospital.Barua said 145 dengue patients have been admitted to DTC in 24 hours until 8 am.
Awami League’s central monitoring cell convener Dr Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin said the government is working to prevent dengue. “I visited Dhaka Medical Hospital and noticed several patients were staying on the floor. They said they were happy with the treatment,” he said.
According to BSMMU Director Brig Gen Dr AK Mahbubul Hoque, 402 dengue patients were admitted to DTC until 8 am on Tuesday. Besides, 4,940 dengue patients were treated at the outdoor department.
Meanwhile, seven dengue-related deaths were reported on Monday and Tuesday. The government said 2,348 dengue cases were reported in 24 hours until Tuesday morning. Of these, 1,284 are from Dhaka.
Since the beginning of this year, 29,912 people were hospitalised across the country with dengue, according to government data.
At least 7,968 patients, including children, are currently undergoing treatment at hospitals while the rest were discharged after treatment. In Dhaka, 5,182 dengue patients are currently hospitalised.BSMMU Deputy Nursing Superintendent Sandhyrani told media that there is no shortage of medicine. “We serve the patients cordially,” she said. “There’s no problem.”
But Hasan Ahmed, a dengue patient, said he came to BSMMU for better treatment but was unhappy with the delay.
“I came here at 6 am and queued up for blood tests. I had to wait for six hours,” he said, accusing the hospital staff of taking bribe from patients to quickly get their tests done and send them to the doctors’ rooms.