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50,000 admitted to hospitals so far

84pc returns home after recovery
Staff Reporter, Dhaka
50,000 admitted to hospitals so far

The number of dengue patients admitted to public and private hospitals has crossed 50,000 this year, breaking all past records. Of these, 42,243 have left the hospitals after recovery, which means 84 per cent of the dengue patients are back home.

According to Directorate General Health Service (DGHS) data, from January 1 this year, 49,999 dengue patients got admitted to  hospitals and 40 of them died.

A total of 1,719 dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals across the country from Thursday to Friday morning. In Dhaka, 759 were admitted and 960 outside Dhaka. In a press release issued at noon yesterday (Friday), the DGHS said the number of patients currently undergoing treatment in government and private hospitals is 7,716.

The number of dengue patients in the last seven and a half months has doubled, compared to the same period last year. The number of dengue affected people in the first two weeks of this month nearly doubled, compared to cases in the whole of last month. According to doctors, most patients died due to the “dengue shock syndrome”.

The doctors said there is a definite rise in the number of dengue patients this year, and children are more at risk. The actual number of dengue patients and deaths caused by the disease is likely to be higher than what has been mentioned in the government data, experts said. Analysing media reports and talking to government and private hospitals in the city, The Independent found that, as of now, the number of deaths caused by dengue is 55 in the 15 days of this month.

While the DGHS reflects this situation, the actual situation is more severe. Even though the government records say that only 40 people have died so far, according to unofficial reports the number is at least double.

“We have received a record number of dengue patients from across the country so far this month. 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 has 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.

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

Doctors said that dengue fever has taken a formidable turn this year. The heart, kidneys and brain are being affected, sending the patient into a “dengue shock syndrome”. Most deaths are occuring because of this.

According to them, the “dengue shock syndrome” causes the blood pressure to fall to dangerous levels, sending the patient into multiple organ failure, which ultimately leads to death.

Until now, extremely high fever, rashes and vomiting used to be considered symptoms of the fever, but doctors recommend going to them immediately after there are signs of fever.

Dengue fever can take an alarming turn as the heart, kidneys and the brain of a patient can get affected very fast.

IK

 

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