Dengue infection still on, death toll rises

Staff Correspondent

23 November, 2019 12:00 AM printer

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

Death of a total of 121 people have so far been confirmed officially this year while the health department on Friday said people are still being infected with the mosquito-borne disease in different places around the country, including the capital.    

Around 286 dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals all over the county till Friday morning, according to the data of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).    

As per the DGHS sources, around 100 new dengue patients were admitted to different public and private hospitals across the country during the past 24 hours till 8:00am on Friday. Of them, 48 patients were admitted to different hospitals in the capital.  According to Health Emergency Operations Centre and Control Room of the DGHS, around 99,363 dengue patients were hospitalised across the country since January this year. Of them, 98,540 patients were discharged from hospitals till Friday.

“Some 99.2 percent of patients left the hospitals after their treatment till Friday,” it said.   The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) received reports of 264 suspected death caused by dengue countrywide. A total of 121 death were confirmed after review of 193 cases, it said.  But unofficial figures suggest a much higher death toll from dengue. Over 100,000 patients were hospitalised with dengue infection till now. Of them, around 240 patients died since January this year.

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. 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.