Doctors advise caution as Dengue cases keep rising

Zakia Ahmed
Published : 07:30, Jul 17, 2019 | Updated : 12:15, Jul 17, 2019

Female Aedes aegypti mosquito, a carrier of dengue and chikungunya. REUTERS/FILE PHOTOFrom last month, a separate ward has been arranged at the Holy Family Hospital. But at the end of the month, the hospital was overwhelmed by Dengue patients. The same picture is seen at almost all hospitals of the city.
The Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room informs that in the last 24 hours, 214 patients have been admitted.
Though the government says three persons have died so far, the doctors contend the number to be higher.
In January, the number of patients was 38 which rose to 2,466 in July.
Of these, 413 are in government hospitals.
Director of Health Department, Sania Tahmina, says: “Dengue has risen in recent times; during a survey, we found more Aedis mosquito larvae at DSCC than DNCC.”
Several doctors have said that the number of patients may rise in September-October.
Medicine specialist of DMCH, Dr. Khan Abul Kalam Azad, said: “the number of Dengue patients has risen this year and those who have contacted it for a second time are in a precarious position since their immune system has been affected.”
If we can provide treatment under government management, then we will be able to give proper counselling, said Dr Azad.
Dean of the medicine faculty of Dhaka University, Dr. A B M Abdullah, observed: “Dengue has become pervasive; since there is a rise of dengue, people showing signs of fever will have to go to a doctor for advice.”
Fever should not be treated carelessly now, he added.