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DGHS ‘worried’ about dengue situation

237 more hospitalised in last 24 hrs

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 2 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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DGHS ‘worried’ about dengue situation
Many children infected with dengue fever are undergoing treatment at Dhaka Shishu Hospital on Sunday. The number of dengue patients has been increasing in the capital for the last few weeks. —sun photo

The dengue situation has been deteriorating in the country, particularly in the capital, as 237 more dengue patients were hospitalised in the last 24 hours until Sunday morning.

The number of single-day dengue patient has been increasing across the country as the number of dengue patients hospitalised in July has surpassed the number of patients hospitalised last year.

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 2286 dengue patients were hospitalised 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 single-day dengue patients were hospitalised for nine consecutive days in the last 24 hours till Sunday morning while 196 dengue patients were reported on Saturday.

The DGHS said 218 new patients were hospitalised in the capital while 19 patients were outside the city in the last 24 hours till 8:00am on Sunday.

A total of 828 patients diagnosed with dengue are now receiving treatment at 41 government and private hospitals in Dhaka while 34 outside the city, it said.

However, four deaths caused by dengue have been reported in hospitals this year, the DGHS added.

The unofficial sources from different hospitals said at least six people, who were infected with dengue, died in the country this year.

A total of 2,895 dengue patients were hospitalised across the country, including in Dhaka city, since January until July 30 this year.

Speaking at a health bulletin of the DGHS on Sunday, its Director (Disease Control) Dr Md Nazmul Islam said, “The dengue situation has turned into a matter of concern. All have to take preventive measures to resist it.”

Meanwhile, Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam on Sunday urged the city dwellers to remain careful as dengue situation might take a serious turn in August.

“The situation is getting worse as the dengue cases are increasing by leaps and bound. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control And Research have already predicted the worst situation in August,” he said while addressing a mass awareness campaign on dengue on Gausul Azam Avenue at Uttara in the capital.

The DNCC arranged a road-show by displaying different sources of Aedes mosquitoes in four trucks in this area as part of the awareness campaign against dengue.

During the campaign, the mayor and local ward councillors visited different areas under Uttara and alerted people about Aedes sources.

“We are getting 60 to 65 percent Aedes larvae in under-construction buildings while 20 percent in water meters. The rest of the larvae are found in the discarded tyres, plastic bottles, chips packet and other things. We are now carrying out mosquito control activities in under construction buildings,” Atiqul also said.

He urged building owners and leaders of the Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh to address the problem immediately.

Talking about under construction buildings of third phase apartment project under the RAJUK, Atiqul said there are many under-construction buildings of RAJUK in Uttara 15, 16, 17 and 18 sectors under the project.

“We have information that the project areas have already turned into Aedes breeding grounds,” he added.

DNCC mayor said that the executive magistrates have been asked to take legal action under the Infectious Disease Act (Control, Prevention and Elimination) – 2020 against the buildings owned by different departments.

“We need to ensure awareness about Aedes breeding grounds among the people with the participation of city residents. It is not possible to spray pesticide on the rooftop in every house by the mosquito control workers. Even residents of those houses have not allowing our workers due to the COVID-19 situation,” he added.