Dengue infection still on, death toll climbs to 98

Staff Correspondent

16 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Though the peak season for dengue infection is nearly over, the death toll from the disease has been going up day by day. 

Deaths of a total of 98 people have so far been confirmed officially this year while the health department on Tuesday said people are still being infected in the mosquito-borne disease in different places around the country, including the capital.   

A total of 301 dengue patients have been hospitalised to different hospitals all over the county during the past 24 hours till Tuesday morning, according to the data of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). 

As per the DGHS sources, around 92 new dengue patients were admitted to hospitals in the capital while 209 others elsewhere throughout the country till 8:00 am on Tuesday.   According to Health Emergency Operations Centre and Control Room of the DGHS, around 92,467 dengue patients were hospitalised across the country since January this year. Of them, 91,027 patients were discharged from hospitals till Tuesday.

“Some 98.4 percent patients left the hospitals after their treatment till Tuesday,” it said.

As per the report received from the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), 246 suspected deaths were caused by dengue countrywide. However, 98 deaths were confirmed after review of 158 cases, it said.  But unofficial figures suggest a much higher death toll from dengue. Over 100,000 patients were hospitalized with dengue infection till now. Of them, around 230 patients died since January this year.

This year, around 48,276 dengue patients were admitted to 41 public and private hospitals in the capital till Tuesday while as many as 44,191 were admitted to hospitals in other districts during the same period.

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

On Tuesday morning, the DGHS data showed that 1194 dengue patients received treatment in hospitals. Of them, 457 underwent treatment at 41 public and private hospitals in the capital. 

Dengue, a mosquito-borne viral infection, causes flu-like illness, and occasionally develops into a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue.

According to WHO, about half of the world’s population is now at risk.