509 patients are receiving treatment at different hospitals in Dhaka
Health authorities have reported 143 new dengue cases across Bangladesh in the last 24 hours.
The country has been seeing over 100 dengue patients for the last four consecutive days, adding worries to the country’s health services, already overburdened with growing Covid-19 cases and fatalities.
According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 509 patients are receiving treatment at different hospitals in Dhaka, while just nine patients were listed outside Dhaka.
Some 1,945 patients have been admitted to different hospitals with dengue since January, of whom 1,433 were released after recovery.
Dr Nazmul Islam, DGHS spokesman and line director, suggested testing for dengue as well as Covid if someone has a high temperature.
He also asked everyone to take medicine on the advice of a registered doctor. If necessary, one could take treatment by contacting the hotline numbers of DGHS.
The DGHS reported 1,193 dengue cases and three confirmed dengue-related deaths in 2020.
As many as 101,354 dengue cases and 179 deaths were recorded in Bangladesh in 2019, according to official figures.
Dengue was first reported in Bangladesh in 2000, claiming 93 lives. In the years that followed, the country learned to deal with the disease much better, but it did become more dangerous.
Fatalities almost fell to zero at one stage, before spiking again in 2018, leading to the horrific crisis the following year.