The dengue situation of the country has been worsening day by day as 4,593 dengue patients have been hospitalised in the country in the last 19 days of August.
According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 270 more dengue patients were hospitalised and one died in the country in the last 24 hours till Thursday morning.
It said 4,593 dengue patients were hospitalised in only 19 days of current month August while 2,286 in July, 272 in June, 43 in May, three in April, 13 in March, nine in February and 32 in January this year.
Some 19 dengue patients died in current month August and 12 in July in the country, the DGHS added.
The DGHS said 240 new patients were hospitalised in the capital and 30 patient were outside the city in the last 24 hours till 8am on Thursday.
A total of 1145 patients diagnosed with dengue are now receiving treatment at 41 government and private hospitals in Dhaka while 93 outside the city, it said.
The number of death from the dengue disease also has been increasing day by day as a total of 31 deaths caused by dengue have been reported in hospitals this year, the DGHS added.
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. Meanwhile, a woman died of dengue fever on Thursday morning while undergoing treatment at Enam Medical College Hospital in Savar. She left behind her 40-day old baby, the hospital sources said. The deceased Tabassum Shahira was a former student of Jahangirnagar University. Her husband Miftahul Islam was also hospitalised with dengue.
Speaking at health bulletin of the DGHS, its spokesperson Dr Nazmul Islam on Wednesday said though the number of dengue patients is not more than any other time but the number of death in the disease this year is cause of fear.
“If the authorities concerned including local government and city corporations increased their activities then it would be possible to keep the dengue situation under control,” he added.