Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque on Sunday said the government is planning to designate hospitals for dengue treatment considering the severity of the situation.
The minister said this after visiting Covid-19 field hospital at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Sunday.
The health ministry sources said Sir Salimullah Medical College (Mitford) Hospital, Mirpur Lalkuthi Hospital, Govt Railway Hospital and Tongi Ahsanullah Hospital will be dedicated for treatment of dengue patients.
The dengue treatment will be available in some other hospitals in the capital too, the sources added.
The number of dengue patients is increasing across the country as already over 1,300 dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals across the country including in Dhaka in July till Sunday morning.
According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 1,307 dengue patients were hospitalized in July, 272 in June, 43 in May, three in April, 13 in March, nine in February and 32 in January.
It said over 100 were hospitalized for second consecutive days in 24 hours till Sunday morning as 104 dengue patients were hospitalized in 24 hours till Saturday morning.
A total of 454 patients diagnosed with dengue are now receiving treatment at 41 government and private hospitals in Dhaka while six outside the city, it said.
However, three deaths caused by dengue have been reported in hospitals, the DGHS added.
The unofficial sources from different hospitals said at least five people who were infected with dengue died in the country this year.
A total of 1,679 dengue patients were hospitalised across the country including in Dhaka city since January until July 25 this year.