Dengue patients rising again

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 15:22, Sep 12, 2019 | Updated : 17:09, Sep 12, 2019

A mother and child diagnosed with dengue are seen inside a mosquito net in this photo taken recently from the Bangladesh Shishu Hospital in Dhaka. FILE PHOTO/Mahmud Hossain Opu

A total of 750 new dengue patients were admitted to hospitals across Bangladesh in the 24 hours till Thursday (Sept 12) morning, which is 116 patients more than Wednesday (Sept 11).

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) amongst them 237 were hospitalised in Dhaka.

In the last 24 hours, a total of 886 people were discharged from the hospitals, the DGHS said.

Currently, 3,029 patients are being treated at hospitals for dengue. Of them, 1,355 are in Dhaka.

Bangladesh has been fighting an uphill battle against mosquito-borne disease dengue this year. Its capital city Dhaka was at the centre of the outbreak.

Since the beginning of this year, 79,367 people were hospitalised with dengue, most of them in Dhaka. Of them, 76,141 made full recovery, according to the government.

The huge number of patients put a severe strain on the already overwhelmed medical system.

Since January, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) received information about 197 dengue-related deaths. It has so far reviewed 101 cases and confirmed 60 dengue deaths.