Dengue Outbreak

Not alarming as before

Staff Correspondent

22 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The number of dengue cases across the country to continued to fall further  with around 408 patients hospitalised, including the capital, during the past 24 hours till Saturday morning.       

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), around 135 new dengue patients were admitted to hospitals in the capital and 273 others elsewhere in the country till 8:00am on Saturday.    

As per DGHS data, the number of dengue cases is decreasing day by day across the country. This year, the number of dengue patients admitted to different hospitals countrywide stood at around 85,000 till Saturday.

According to sources at DGHS Health Emergency Operations Centre and Control Room, 84,397 dengue patients were hospitalised across the country since January this year. Of them, 81,942 patients were discharged from hospitals after their recovery till Saturday. 

 “Ninety-seven percent patients left the hospitals after their treatment till Saturday,” it informed.

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

But, unofficial figures suggest a much higher death toll from dengue. Around 90,000 patients were hospitalised till date. Of them, 180 patients died since January this year. 

This year, 46,011 patients were admitted to 41 public and private hospitals in the capital till Saturday. As many as 38,386 dengue patients were admitted to hospitals in the districts during the same period.

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

On Saturday morning, the DGHS data showed that 2,252 dengue patients took treatment in hospitals. Of them, 917 underwent treatment at 41 public and private hospitals in the capital.

On Saturday, another dengue patient died while undergoing treatment at  Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital (MMCH). The deceased was identified as Fatema Akhter, 65, a resident of Islampur upazila in Jamalpur.

On September 19, DGHS started a survey in Barishal division to detect the species of mosquitoes, said its director general Prof Abul Kalam Azad. The survey will also be conducted in Jashore, Kushtia and Khulna districts under Khulna division, said Prof Dr Sanya Tahmina Jhora, director of Disease Control unit and line director of CDC of DGHS.

Relevant sources said Dhaka division will be the last division where such survey will be conducted.

Generally, three types of surveys were conducted in Dhaka. They are pre, post and during rainy season, which is mid-June to mid-August, but this year an urgent survey was conducted in the month of July following outbreak of dengue, sources added.