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DGHS: 25 die from dengue in Bangladesh in 2 months

  • Published at 10:51 pm August 16th, 2021
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File photo: Dengue patients under treatment at a hospital in Bangladesh UNB

In 2020, the DGHS reported three confirmed dengue-related deaths

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Monday confirmed the deaths of 25 people including five children from dengue.

Of the deceased, 12 died in July and 13 in August. The children died at Dhaka Children's Hospital.

In 2020, the DGHS reported 1,193 dengue cases and three confirmed dengue-related deaths. 

Due to the spike in dengue cases amid a surge in Covid-19 cases, the government has planned to set up separate hospitals for the treatment of the mosquito-borne disease.

According to the DGHS, as many as 221 new dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals in the country in the past 24 hours till Monday morning.

Among the new patients, 199 were admitted to government and private hospitals in Dhaka, while the remaining cases were reported from outside the division.

Currently, a total of 1,032 dengue patients have been admitted to various government and private hospitals in the country.

According to the DGHS, a total of 6,321 dengue patients have been admitted to hospitals so far this year. Of them, 5,264 people returned home after treatment.

Dengue fatalities marked a dramatic and largely unexplained drop from 2019, which was the worst year on record for dengue in the country.

Official figures state 101,354 dengue cases and 179 deaths were recorded in Bangladesh in 2019.

Dengue fever was first reported in Bangladesh in 2000, claiming 93 lives that year. In the years that followed, the country learned to deal with the disease much better, but it did become endemic. Fatalities almost fell to zero at one stage, before spiking again in 2018, leading to the horrific crisis the following year.