Dengue situation ‘stable’

Staff Correspondent

26 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Despite the fact that the outbreak of dengue fever caused by mosquito bites remained almost ‘stable’, health experts said steps taken to contain the disease must be continued. 

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), the number of new dengue cases is showing a downward trend across the country over the past few days.

DGHS data shows around 1,299 patients were hospitalised in the past 24 hours from 8:00am on Saturday to 8:00am on Sunday. Of them, 607 patients were admitted to hospitals in Dhaka and 692 in others districts of the country. A total of 1,648 patients were discharged from hospitals during the period. Of them, 857 patients got discharged from Dhaka hospitals and 791 from hospitals outside Dhaka.

A total of 63,514 patients were hospitalised across the country from January 1 to August 25 and 57,405 of them have been discharged from hospitals.

According to DGHS data, the number of dengue patients now undergoing treatment in hospitals across the country is 5,940 which shows 6 percent lower than the previous day. Of them, 3,268 patients are undergoing treatment in Dhaka hospitals and 2,672 outside Dhaka.

The data also shows that dengue cases have come down by 7 percent in Dhaka and 4 percent outside Dhaka.

Some 90 percent of total dengue patients left hospitals across the country after recovery from the disease, the DGHS data added.

Meanwhile, Prof Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) said, “Dengue situation is now stable. The number of dengue-infected patients is now gradually coming down, but we have to remain alert.”

She warned of further rise in dengue cases if the Aedes mosquitoes, responsible for dengue fever, are not controlled.                

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Sunday held a seminar on “Dengue: Current scenario In Bangladesh”.

In his address, the university Vice-Chancellor, Prof Kanak Kanti Barua, emphasized preventive measures to fight the dengue ‘epidemic’.

He said the Dhaka city corporations and local government ministry have to continue efforts to destroy the Aedes mosquitoes.

Another speaker Prof Dr Kazi Tariqul Islam urged all to remain alert till the month of December this year.

“We also have to keep eye on the dengue situation till next September,”