Dengue infection still on, claims 93 lives

Staff Correspondent

12 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

A total of 93 people have died of dengue so far this year while the health department on Friday said people still are being affected by the mosquito-borne disease in different places across the country, including the capital.    

This year, the number of dengue patients admitted to different hospitals countrywide stands around 92,000.     

The new dengue patients still have been admitting to different hospitals while 238 patients were hospitalised across the country, including the capital, during past 24 hours till Friday morning, according to a data of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).  

As per DGHS sources, around 55 new dengue patients were admitted to hospitals in the capital while 183 others elsewhere in the country till 8:00am on Friday.  

According to sources at DGHS Health Emergency Operations Centre and Control Room, around 91,353 dengue patients were hospitalised across the country since January this year. Of them, 89,893 patients were discharged from hospitals after their recovery till Friday.

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

As per the report received from the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), 242 suspected deaths were caused by dengue countrywide.

However, 93 deaths were confirmed after reviewing 151 cases, it said. 

But, unofficial figures suggest a much higher death toll from dengue. Over 1,00,000 patients were hospitalized with dengue infection till the date. Of them, over 220 patients died since January this year.

This year, around 47,926 dengue patients were admitted to 41 public and private hospitals in the capital till Friday while as many as 43,427 were admitted to hospitals in other districts during the same period. 

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

On Friday morning, the DGHS data showed that 1218 dengue patients took treatment in hospitals. Of them, 400 underwent treatment at 41 public and private hospitals in the capital.