Dengue situation ‘stable’

Staff Correspondent

21 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

508 hospitalised in 24 hrs across the country; 2,158
currently in hospitals; 83,989 hospitalised since
January; appropriate number of deaths 203

The dengue situation was said to be stable as around 508 patients were hospitalised across the country, including the capital, in the past 24 hours till Friday morning.        

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), around 165 new dengue patients were admitted to hospitals in the capital and 343 others elsewhere in the country till 8:00am.     

Though the number of dengue cases is decreasing day by day across the country as per the DGHS data, the number of dengue patients admitted to different hospitals across the country stood at around 84,000 till Friday this year. 

According to Health Emergency Operations Centre and Control Room of the DGHS, some 83,989 dengue patients were hospitalised across the country since January this year and 81,628 of them were discharged from hospitals after recovery till Friday.  

“Some 97 percent patients left hospitals after treatment till Tuesday,” it added.

Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) has received reports of 203 suspected deaths caused by dengue countrywide, but 68 deaths were confirmed after reviewing 116 cases, it said.

However, unofficial figures suggest a much higher death toll from dengue infection. Over 85,000 people have been hospitalised so far. Of them, around 180 died since January this year.  

This year, 45,876 patients were admitted to 41 private and public hospitals in the capital till Friday. And some 38,113 dengue patients were admitted to hospitals in the districts during the same period.

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

The DGHS data on Wednesday morning showed some 2,158 dengue patients were being treated in hospitals. Of them, 902 were undergoing treatment at 41 public and private hospitals in the capital.