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Dengue situation worsening

19 die, 4,000 hospitalised in 15 days

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 16 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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The country’s dengue situation has been worsening day by day as 19 patients died and over 4,000 hospitalised in the last 15 days this month.

The daily number of dengue cases also neared 400 in the last two days while the number crossed 300 during the last five days.

Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said 395 new dengue patients were admitted to hospitals in the last 24 hours till Thursday morning. One new death was reported during the time.

The country reported over 200 dengue cases every day in the last 12 days in a row with only a day gap.

Some 389 dengue cases were reported on Wednesday, 353 on Tuesday, 345 on Monday, 360 on Sunday, 294 on Saturday, 145 on Friday, 275 on Thursday, 279 on Wednesday, 284 on Tuesday, 208 on Monday, 213 on Sunday and 245 dengue patients were reported in the country on Saturday.

At present, out of the 395 patients, 294 are admitted to different public and private hospitals in the capital while the remaining 101 are hospitalised outside Dhaka, the DGHS said.

The DGHS reported that a total of 10,232 dengue patients have been admitted to hospitals and 40 patients died across the country including in Dhaka this year.

The dengue situation has deteriorated in Dhaka city and in Cox’s Bazar as the highest number of casualties from the disease has been reported in the two areas this year.

Of the total 40 casualties, deaths of 17 dengue patients were reported from Cox's Bazar, 18 from Dhaka city, four from Barishal, and one from Chattogram city, the health authority sources said.

Among the 10,232 dengue patients, 8,095 were admitted to hospitals in the capital while 2,137 are outside Dhaka city. Of the total, over 900 dengue patients were reported from Cox’s Bazaar.

A total of 1,571 patients were hospitalised in July while nine deaths were reported during the time.

The health directorate said some 737 dengue patients were hospitalised in June, 163 in May, 23 in April, 20 in March while 20 in February and 126 patients in January.

The DGHS data further said a total of 1,311 dengue patients are now undergoing treatment across the country. Of them, 971 patients are in the hospitals of Dhaka city.

Of the total dengue patients, around 90 percent got admitted to 47 hospitals in the capital while around 10 percent of patients were outside Dhaka.

According to US CDC, dengue is caused by one of four related viruses: Dengue virus 1, 2, 3, and 4. For this reason, a person can be infected with a dengue virus as many as four times in his or her lifetime.

Health authority sources said Den 4 dengue virus has been found in Bangladesh this year. That’s why people may suffer from severe dengue disease due to infection with the Den 4 virus, experts said.

The Dhaka north and south city corporations have been conducting various types of anti-mosquito drives and carrying out campaigns to make people aware of preventing the dengue disease but the number of patients has been increasing day by day. The DGHS asked people to contact registered doctors immediately after feeling any symptoms of the dengue disease and test the dengue virus for early treatment.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said there is no specific treatment for dengue or severe dengue.