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DGHS: 50,000 people hospitalized with dengue this year

  • Published at 05:22 pm August 16th, 2019
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File photo: Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital seen flooded with dengue patients as the outbreak continues Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The DGHS Health Emergency Operations Centre and Control Room said around 1,719 dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals across the country in 24 hours till 8am on Friday, taking the total number of dengue patients this year to 49,999

A record 50,000 people have been hospitalized with dengue so far this year, according to data provided by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). 

The DGHS Health Emergency Operations Centre and Control Room said around 1,719 dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals across the country in 24 hours till 8am yesterday, taking the total number of dengue patients this year to 49,999.

The DGHS also said 84% of the patients (42,243 people) have already been released from their respective hospitals and clinics after being given treatment.

Among the new patients, 759 were admitted to hospitals in the capital, while 960 patients were admitted to hospitals outside Dhaka.

The total number of patients currently undergoing treatment at government and private hospitals is 7,716, according to the DGHS. This includes 4,015 patients at 40 hospitals in Dhaka, and 3,701 patients at hospitals outside Dhaka. 

Although the official dengue death toll from the DGHS stands at 40 this year, the unofficial count from media reports is over 95. 

Health experts and our district correspondents inform that the official death toll only represents those who died while undergoing treatment at hospitals. 

Due to limited space in hospitals and the high number of patients, only patients with severe cases of dengue are admitted, while those who are deemed to be less risky undergo treatment at their homes, they added.

During a press briefing at the old DGHS building in Mohakhali, the DGHS and the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) urged everyone to remain alert to the spread of dengue, especially pregnant women and guardians of infants.

IEDCR Director Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora said: “Usually, dengue is prevalent to some degree from July to September. However, it started earlier this year, from May. This is not the time to confirm when the situation can be brought under control.” 

DGHS Communicable Disease Control unit Line Director Dr Sanya Tahmina said 31% of dengue patients hospitalized this year are aged 16-25.

“Next week will indicate where the country is heading. The Ministries of Local Government, Home Affairs, and Public Administration are all working together to tackle the dengue situation,” she added.  

Dhaka Shishu Hospital Director Sayed Safi Ahmed called for more Intensive Care Units (ICUs) for children in the country, as six out of nine children who died from dengue this year died as a result of Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS).

“During DSS, multi-organ failure can take place in the body, leaving doctors with very few options. In such a situation, the children need ICUs, which we lack in most parts of the country,” he said.

According to Dhaka Shishu Hospital sources, 20 children are currently undergoing treatment at the hospital’s ICU, while double the number are waiting for beds there.

Overcrowded hospitals hindering treatment outside Dhaka

Our district correspondents say doctors and nurses at hospitals outside the capital are finding it more difficult to treat patients as the hospitals have become overcrowded.

Our correspondents in Rangpur, Jessore, Khulna, Kishoreganj, Gaibandha, Mymensingh, Thakurgaon, and Barisal informed that the hospitals in these districts are overwhelmed with patients, forcing the hospital authorities to keep some patients in corridors.

In Jessore, a number of patients were kept in corridors and verandas of the hospital, as there were no beds left.   

Meanwhile, our Kishoreganj correspondent said there is no dengue detection kit or blood cell counters at Sadar hospital of the district. 

Jessore General Hospital medicine department’s Dr Obaidul Quadir Ujjol said the number of patients is increasing everyday, but they are providing treatment and care in a coordinated manner.

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