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11 dengue patients die, 2,327 hospitalised in 24hrs

11 dengue patients die, 2,327 hospitalised in 24hrs

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As many as 11 dengue patients died and 2,327 were admitted to different hospitals in the country during the last 24 hours till 8 am today.

"During the period, 920 dengue patients were hospitalised in Dhaka city while 1,407 were admitted to different hospitals outside Dhaka," a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

"This year, 548 deaths, the highest in a year since dengue was detected in 2000, were reported from dengue disease while 281 died last year," the daily statement of the DGHS said.

With the new cases, the total number of patients rose to 1,14,511 the statement said, adding: "Some 10,5664 patients were released from different hospitals this year of the total patients."

"A total of 8,299 dengue patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals. Of them, 3,945 are in Dhaka while 4,354 are outside the capital city," it added.

According to the DGHS statement, among the total dengue positive cases, 43,197 are female and 71, 314 are male while 318 deaths from dengue are female and 230 male.

According to hospital authorities, pressure of dengue patients have decreased slightly in healthcare facilities in Dhaka city meaning dengue situation is in decreasing trend in the capital city while the number of dengue cases are increasing outside Dhaka city.

"On an average, 600 dengue patients were getting admission to Mugda Medical College Hospital every day since the beginning of July . . . huge pressure from dengue patients for admission continued till mid-August," Director of Mugda Medical College and Hospital Dr Md Niatuzzaman said.

"Almost 50 percent pressure from dengue disease has reduced in Mugda Medical College Hospital since mid-August," he said adding nearly 800 people were coming to Mugda Medical College Hospital for performing dengue tests.

Since the beginning of July this year, dengue disease has been increasing alarmingly and this increasing trend continued till second week of August, the Mugda hospital chief said adding, "We have expanded treatment facilities including dengue dedicated unit to cope with increased number of dengue patients.

Analyzing life cycle of Aedes mosquito, Former Additional Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Sanya Tahmina termed it as a domestic species and said its management system will be different from other species of mosquito.

City dwellers must be cautious about stagnant water which is the main source of breeding of Aedes mosquito, she said, adding that even a small quantity of water can grow Aedes mosquitoes leading to the spread of such deadly disease.

Sanya said even if a small quantity of water is left stagnant in any broken pot, vas or container inside and outside homes and offices, it can be breeding ground for Aedes mosquitoes.