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Dengue dread bedevils Dhaka city dwellers

Number of patients five times higher than before: Expert  

Published : Tuesday, 9 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 281
Banani Mallick

Mosquito-borne dengue fever has intensified in the capital city this year in comparison to the last few years, said officials of the DGHS (Directorate General of Health Services, Disease Control).
"The situation is worse than the previous years. Even the symptoms of the disease are also very unique in terms of intensity of the fever.  Dengue patients are becoming seriously sick even within two days which has not happened before," said Prof Dr Sania Tahmina, Director of the Department of Disease Control while talking to the Daily Observer on Monday.
She also noted that the number of dengue patients is five times higher than the previous years.
According to DGHS, some 2,300 people have already been affected by dengue, a viral fever. Of them, three persons including a physician have died.
A person, in his early 50s, died on April 25 while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in the capital.
Two others died on April 28 and July 2 while they were taking treatment at another private hospital.
The research report suggests that in the year 2016, there were about 254 people affected by dengue, in 2017 it was about 267 people, some 295 people were affected in 2018 and in the current year about 1,713 people are suffering from dengue.
The number of affected patients has meanwhile increased since the publication of the report and the tally stands at 2,100 as of Sunday.
According to statistics of Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room at DGHS, a total of 1,713 people were affected by dengue in June alone, which is five times higher than that of June tally in the last three years.
Talking to this correspondent Prof Mahmudur Rahman, adviser to icddr,b said that for doctors sometimes it is difficult to diagnose dengue.
"Doctors should     be well informed about the latest information on dengue diseases. They should be well trained too, so that they can identify dengue patients within a short span of time," he said.
Doctors should be aware of the types of dengue diseases and research work on its exact category could be very helpful, he added.
"There are four types of dengue, DENV-1, DENV-2, DENV-3 and DENV-4. Of them, we have to identify which specific type of dengue is prevalent in the country and its specific treatment methodology," he said.
Asked about the symptoms of the diseases, which could be primarily identified, Doctor Lelin Chowdhury said, "If anyone suffers from high fever continuously for four to five days with severe pain in the body that shows that there is a higher possibility of him/her being affected by dengue."
He also noted that patients who previously suffered dengue are more likely to be affected by the fever again than a person who is not affected yet.  
Dengue patients should take treatment from a registered Health Services Centre, especially child, elderly, pregnant mothers and person with diabetics should take treatment from a registered health centre.  
In Dhaka North City Corporation, DGHS has identified some areas as breeding grounds for Aedes mosquito. The areas are Tejgaon, Turag, Pallabi, Magbazar, Uttara, Gulshan, Banani, Kafrul, Khilgaon, Rampura, Mirpur, Pirerbagh, Mohammadpur, Shewraparam, Kazipara, Banani, Kazipara, Banani and Baridhara.
The Dhaka South City Corporation areas are Doyaganj, Narinda, Swamibagh, Gendaria, Dhakkin Mugdapara, Basabo, Maniknagar Biswaroad, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Hazaribagh, Magbazar, Ramna, Segunbagicha, Shahbag, Farashganj, Syampur and Uttar Jatrabari.

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