Sixth grader boy dies of dengue in city

Sun Online Desk

21st August, 2019 05:40:05 printer

Sixth grader boy dies of dengue in city

A grade six student of a school in the capital died of dengue at Apollo Hospitals on Tuesday.

The deceased was identified as Shahmun Siraj, 27, a student of Milestone School at Uttara in the city, son of Mamun Siraj.

He breathed his last at Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital this morning while undergoing treatment.

Shamun Siraj’s relatives said Siraj was admitted to the hospital on August 18 and later, he was shifted to ICU on August 19 as his condition deteriorated.

The country has been grappling with its worst outbreak of dengue while Dhaka, the densely-populated megacity, is at the centre of the outbreak.

On Monday night and early Tuesday, three dengue patients died in Keraniganj of Dhaka, Faridpur and Shariatpur although there is a downtrend in fresh dengue cases across the country.

The government has so far confirmed the deaths of 40 people although unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is much higher.

The number of dengue patients was 1,615 on Monday, 1,706 on Sunday, 1,460 on Saturday, and 1,719 on Friday, according to the Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

There is no specific treatment for dengue or severe dengue, WHO says. But early detection and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates below 1 percent.