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Dengue turns alarming

Over 1,000 patients hospitalised in 4 days

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 5 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Dengue situation has been deteriorating in the country as 237 more dengue patients were hospitalised in the country in the last 24 hours till Wednesday morning.

Some 264 dengue patients were reported on Tuesday.

Speaking at the health bulletin of the DGHS, its spokesperson Dr. Md. Nazmul Islam on Wednesday said the country’s dengue situation has turned ‘alarming’.

“We had seen how the dengue epidemic had affected us in 2019 and we are seeing in 2021 that the dengue situation is pushing us into the same situation,” he said.

According to Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) data, some 1,025 dengue patients were hospitalized in only four days of August, 2,286 patients were hospitalised in July, 272 in June, 43 in May, three in April, 13 in March, nine in February and 32 dengue patients were hospitalized in January this year.

The DGHS said 221 new patients were hospitalised in the capital and 16 patients were outside the city in the last 24 hours till 8:00 am on Wednesday.

A total of 1,004 patients diagnosed with dengue are now receiving treatment at 41 government and private hospitals in Dhaka while 54 outside the city, it said.  Eight deaths caused by dengue have been reported in hospitals this year, the DGHS added.

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

A total of 3,683 dengue patients were hospitalised across the country including in Dhaka city from January until August 4 this year.

Dr Nazmul Islam further said the current dengue situation will have to be faced through taking necessary measures rapidly.

He feared that the number of dengue cases may increase this month.

According to the DGHS data, a total of 1,405 dengue patients were detected across the country from January 1 to December 31, 2020. The IEDCR confirmed seven deaths from dengue last year.

The dengue situation had taken a dangerous turn in 2019 when over one lakh dengue patients were hospitalised and around 179 deaths were reported.