3 more die of dengue; new infections mark further fall

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Staff Reporter:

Three people, including a woman, have died of dengue in Dhaka, Khulna and Mymensingh while 1,157 new patients have been hospitalised across the country, showing a further improvement in the situation.

The new deaths were recorded on Wednesday while the fresh infections in 24 hours till Wednesday.

On Tuesday, six dengue-related deaths were reported from five districts while 1,299 new infections from across the country.

In Dhaka, Ariful Islam, 34, son of Md Abdul Quader of Jurain Kadamtali in the capital, lost his battle to the mosquito-borne disease at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the afternoon.

Arafat Hossain, a relative of the victim, said Ariful was found infected with dengue on Friday last. He was admitted to the hospital around 9:35am on Wednesday in the morning where he breathed his last around 2:20 pm.

In Mymensingh, Hafizul Islam, 30, a RMG worker from Trishal upazila, died while being taken to Dhaka from Mymensingh Medical College Hospital (MMCH) in the morning.

Dr Laxmi Narayan Majumdar, deputy director of MMCH, said Hafizul was diagnosed with dengue when he was in Dhaka. He returned home after receiving treatment at the DMCH.

“Hafizul came to the MMCH with high fever on Tuesday night when doctors at the emergency suggested shifting him to the DMCH again for better treatment. However, he died around 3am while being taken to Dhaka,” he said.

In Khulna, a dengue patient died at the Khulna Medical College Hospital in the early hours.

The deceased, Shahida Begum, 50, wife of Saidur Rahman of Pirojpur, was hospitalised with dengue fever around 8:45pm on Tuesday.

“She died around 5:30am,” said Dr Soirandranath Biswas, resident physician of the hospital.

With this, six people have so far died of dengue at the hospital.

The government said 67,221 patients were hospitalised with the disease since January 1. Of them, 61,822 were discharged after recovery.

Currently, 5,222 people are being treated at different hospitals and clinics, according to official figures.

Of them, 2,882 are in Dhaka and 2,340 outside the capital.

The government has so far confirmed 52 deaths after reviewing 88 deaths.unb

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