The number of dengue patients and casualties from the deadly disease has continued to rise across the country, including in Dhaka city, even at the end of the dengue monsoon.
The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said 983 dengue patients were hospitalised in the country in the last 24 hours till Tuesday morning. Seven deaths were reported during that time.
The DGHS report said at least 21,932 dengue patients were admitted to hospitals across the country, including in Dhaka city, while 86 patients died here in October this year.
The prevalence of dengue disease is rising across the country, especially in Dhaka, which is considered a hotspot for the mosquito-borne viral disease.
The DGHS said a total of 39,007 dengue patients have been admitted to hospitals and at least 148 patients have died across the country, including in Dhaka this year.
The DGHS data further said a total of 3,598 dengue patients are now undergoing treatment across the country. Of them, 2,322 patients were admitted to 53 hospitals in Dhaka city.
However, sources said the unofficial figure of the number of dengue patients and casualties from the deadly disease is higher than the official records.
The sources added that a number of patients are missing from the report as many patients weren’t admitted to hospitals and received treatment from outpatient departments and in the private chambers of the doctors.
Speaking to Daily Sun, Prof Dr Nazmul Islam, director (disease control) of the DGHS, said if the dengue vector is not destroyed, the dengue situation will not come under control.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there is no specific treatment for dengue disease.