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Dengue: Death toll rises to 30

  • Published at 09:57 pm August 18th, 2021
File photo of dengue patients at a hospital in Dhaka Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Among the new patients, 273 were admitted to hospitals in Dhaka in last 24 hours

The death toll from dengue reached 30 with the death of four more patients in the 24 hours till Wednesday, said a report of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Of the deceased, 12 died in July and the rest in August.

“So far this year, 6,450 dengue patients have been hospitalized in the country. We have recorded a total of 28 deaths among them. It is a matter of grave concern,” said DGHS spokesperson Md Nazmul Islam.

“We all witnessed how hard the dengue situation hit us in 2019. We are on the brink of a similar situation this year,” he said.

However, the imminent disaster can be avoided if the authorities concerned including the city corporations speed up anti-mosquito drives and people remain careful, the DGHS spokesperson said.

Among the new patients, 273 were admitted to government and private hospitals in Dhaka while the remaining 33 cases were reported from outside the division, according to DGHS.

The country has been seeing over 200 dengue patients per day for the last 17 days since August 1.

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The dengue outbreak has become a cause of major concern as the country is battling the deadlier Delta variant of coronavirus with its limited health care facilities for the last few months.

Some 1,193 patients diagnosed with dengue fever are receiving treatment in the country as of Wednesday morning, according to DGHS.

Of them, 1,110 patients are receiving treatment at different hospitals in the capital while the rest were listed outside Dhaka.

Some 6,956 patients have been admitted to different hospitals with dengue since January, and 5,733 of them have been released after they recovered from the disease.

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.