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Dengue kills 5 more
DNCC launches ‘combing operation’ today

Dengue kills 5 more

An attendant tries to comfort a groaning minor girl as a nurse inserts a cannula under the skin of her hand in Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College Hospital in the capital yesterday. Children account for a big chunk of dengue patients across the country. Photo: Nazmul Islam

Five more people died of dengue in Mymensingh, Khulna, Barishal and Faridpur districts yesterday. The deceased identified as Anwar Hosen, 40, son of Abdul Latif from Netrokona’s Kendua upazila, died while being treated at the Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital (MMCH) yesterday. The second dengue victim, Mizanur Raham, 42, died at the Khulna Medical College Hospital. He was admitted to the hospital with high fever on August 15 and died at 7 am yesterday.

The third victim, Mosque Khadem Delwar Hossain, 36, died at the Faridpur Medical College Hospital around 9am yesterday. He was transferred from Faridpur General Hospital on Sunday night.

The fourth deceased, Sumaiya, 18, from Patuakhali district, died at the Barishal Sher e Bangla Medical College yesterday. She was admitted to the hospital on August 16 with high fever.  

The fifth victim was Selim Miah, 30, from Kishoreganj district, died at the MMCH yesterday.   

The number of dengue patients keeps fluctuating almost every day as record shows at least 1,615 dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals across Bangladesh yesterday while the number was 1,706 on Sunday.

The lowest number recorded this month was 1201 during Eid holiday on August 13. Accordingly, the number was 1,460 on Saturday, 1721 on Friday, 1933 on Thursday, 1882 on Wednesday, 1201 on Tuesday, and 2097 on Monday.

According to the data of Directorate General Health Service (DGHS), as of now from January this year, a total of 54,797 dengue patients were admitted to various hospitals. Among them, 40 died.

However, the number of affected people is more in the district of the Dhaka Division. At least 219 people were admitted to hospital in Dhaka Division. In Chattogram, the number was 152, in Khulna the number was 145, in Rangpur it was 31, in Rajshahi 95, in Barishal 155, in Sylhet the number was 15 and in Mymenshing the number was 46.

However, analysing different media reports and talking with different government and private hospitals in the city, The Independent found that the number of deaths as of now is about 63.

According to doctors, most dengue victims have died due to the ‘dengue shock syndrome’. They said there was a definite rise in the number of dengue patients this year and children were more at risk.

Of these patients, a total of 48,024 have already left the hospitals. This means 84 per

cent of the dengue patients who were hospitalised have gone home after treatment.

A total of 1,615 dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals in the last 24 hours from Sunday to Monday morning, across the country, Of them, 757 people had been admitted in Dhaka, whereas 858 people had been admitted outside Dhaka.

The number of admitted patients currently undergoing treatment in the government and private hospitals combined is 6,733, according to the DGHS data.

As many as 3,419 patients are currently receiving treatment in 41 government and private hospitals in the capital, whereas a total of 3,314 people are undergoing treatment outside the capital, the data added.

New dengue cases keep escalating in other districts of the country at a faster pace compared to Dhaka, according to the DGHS data.

“We’ve received a record number of dengue patients from across the country so far. This month the number of dengue cases is much higher than that of last month,” said Dr Ayesha Akhter, in-charge of the disease control room, at the Directorate of Health.

She also said the health department had taken several initiatives to control the situation. “If the initiatives taken by the DGHS work properly, the number of dengue patients will hopefully decrease soon,” she added.

This year’s pre-monsoon rainfall has caused an increase in the number of dengue patients compared to last year’s.

Meanwhile, director (disease control unit) of the DGHS, Prof. Sania Tahmina at a press briefing yesterday said: “We have noticed the number of dengue patients is decreasing gradually. Hopefully, the number of dengue cases won’t increase further.”  

Meanwhile, the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has announced a ‘combing operation’ to deal with the situation from today (Tuesday).

The programme is set to begin at Dhaka North ward No. 19, said DNCC spokesman ASM Mamun.

The authorities divided each ward into 10 sections for the programme, Mamun said. Each section will be assigned 10 cleaners and an officer will oversee the activities.   

“The DNCC staff will visit every house in every area during the combing operation. They will check for Aedes mosquito larvae in these houses or establishments. Action will be taken if Aedes larvae are discovered in offices, courts and under-construction buildings,” he said.

If residential buildings are found to contain Aedes larvae, the first-time offenders will be let off with a warning, said Mamun.

He also said a red sticker with the words – Aedes mosquito larvae have been found in this house – will be put on the house. If the house is found to contain Aedes larvae again upon a second visit, legal action will be taken.

The operation at first will be carried out in 36 old wards of the DNCC. Later, the operation will expand to 18 new wards.