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Two more die of dengue, 1,445 patients hospitalised

Staff Reporter, Dhaka
Two more die of dengue, 1,445 patients hospitalised
Guardians attend ailing children suffering from Dengue fever at National Hospital in the capital yesterday. Parents are becoming overtly concerned with the passage of time over the mosquito-borne disease as children have so far been the worst sufferers. FOCUS BANGLA PHOTO

Two more persons died of dengue at Satkhira yesterday, as hospitals across the country continued to admit a large number of patients. A total of 1,446 dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals in the last 24 hours across the country.

With the latest fatalities, the official death toll rose to 47, which is much lower than the unofficial tally of 108 this year. According to unofficial figures, 73 people died of dengue this month (till August 23). Of the new cases, 689 people were hospitalised in Dhaka, and 757 outside Dhaka in the last 24 hours. According to the Directorate-General of Health Services (DGHS), the number of recorded cases in the first eight months of this year has reached 61,038. The two dead were identified as Shahnara Khatun, 37, and Alamgir Gazi, 14. Shahanara died of dengue yesterday (Friday), and Alamgir on Thursday night. Shahnara was admitted to Satkhira Sadar Hospital after she was diagnosed with dengue on August 18. As her condition deteriorated, doctors referred her to the Khulna Medical College and Hospital. She died while being taken to the hospital.

Alamgir, a madrasa student in Jashore, was diagnosed with dengue on August 19 after he was admitted to Kaliganj Upazila Health Complex with fever. He was shifted to Satkhira Sadar Hospital, as his condition deteriorated. Alamgir was later admitted to a private hospital in Khulna where he died. A total of 54,956 patients have already been released from hospitals. This means, around 90 per cent of the hospitalised dengue patients have gone home after treatment. The number of admitted patients currently undergoing treatment in government and private hospitals combined is 6,035, according to the DGHS data. As many as 3,411 patients are currently receiving treatment in 41 government and private hospitals in the capital, and 2,624 are undergoing treatment outside the capital, the data added.

Dr Ayesha Akhter, in charge of the disease control room at the Directorate of Health, said: "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." 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. Ayesha said following a review of 80 cases of death, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) confirmed a total of 47 deaths due to dengue. This year’s pre-monsoon rain has caused an increase in the number of dengue patients compared to last year. Prof. Sania Tahmina, director (disease control unit) at the DGHS, said: “The number of dengue patients is decreasing gradually. Hopefully, the number of cases won’t increase further.”

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