Dengue infection still on

Staff Correspondent

11 December, 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 133 people has so far been confirmed officially this year while the health department on Tuesday said people are still being infected with the mosquito-borne disease in different places around the country, including the capital.   

Around 260 dengue patients were undergoing treatment at different hospitals all over the county till Tuesday morning, according to a data of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).   

As per the Health Emergency Operations Centre and Control Room of the DGHS, around 50 new dengue patients were admitted to different public and private hospitals across the country during the past 24 hours till 8:00am on Tuesday.

Of them, 27 patients were admitted to hospitals in the capital. 

According to the DGHS, around 100,792 dengue patients were hospitalised across the country since January this year. Of them, 100,268 patients were discharged from hospitals till Tuesday.

“Some 99.5 percent of patients left the hospitals after their treatment till Tuesday,” it claimed.  

The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) received reports of 264 suspected death caused by dengue countrywide. A total of 133 deaths of dengue patients were confirmed after review of 211 cases, it said.

But unofficial figures suggest a much higher death toll from dengue. Around 150,000 patients were hospitalised with dengue infection till now. Of them, around 250 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 of dengue infection.