Dengue infections up again; another dies


Staff Reporter:

After a significant fall on Saturday, dengue infections have marked a rise again as 1,706 new patients were hospitalised across the country in 24 hours till Sunday morning with the report of a death.

The number of dengue patients was 1,460 on Saturday against 1,719 on Friday and 1,929 on Thursday.

Meanwhile, a total of 2,394 people were discharged from hospitals during the period after the treatment for dengue, according to official figures.

A college student died of dengue at Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib General Hospital in Sirajganj on Saturday night.

The deceased was identified as Mehdi Hasan Mim Talukder, 17, a Class-XI student of Govt Hajee Korop Ali Memorial Degree College and son of Aminul Islam Monnu Talukder of Haluakandi village in Kamarkhand upazila.

Dr Faridul Islam, resident medical officer of the hospital, said Mehdi was admitted to the hospital with dengue fever on August 14 and he died around 8pm.

Meanwhile, family members blamed negligence by doctors and nurses for Mehdi’s death.

Of the new dengue infections, 734 were reported in Dhaka city alone while the rest in other divisions, according to the Health Emergency Operation Center and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The government has so far confirmed 40 deaths although unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is much higher.

Currently, 7,168 patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics, less by 7 percent than Saturday.

Of them, 3,668 are hospitalised in the capital and 3,500 around the country.

Bangladesh is grappling with its worst outbreak of dengue. Dhaka, the densely-populated megacity, has been at the centre of the outbreak.

There is no specific treatment for dengue or severe dengue, WHO says. But early detection and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates below 1 percent.unb


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