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Two more die of dengue, 51,476 hospitalised so far

Govt launches dengue mapping app ‘Stop Dengue’

Published : Sunday, 18 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 743

Two more persons including a college student have died of dengue fever while being treated at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and Faridpur Medical College Hospital (FMCH) on Saturday.
The victims are - a housewife Monowara Begum (45) from Mithamoin of Kishoreganj and a student of grade XII of Sortajitpur College in Magura Sumon Bashar alias Raju (20).
According to the data of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), the number of death rose at 40 in last eight months in between January 1 to August 17. However, the unofficial sources claimed that the      number of deaths in dengue so far is 93 this year.
Director (Diseases Control) and Line Director (Communication Disease Control) of DGHS Prof Dr. Sanya Tahmina on Saturday claimed at a briefing that a total 1,460 new dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals in last 24 hours. Of those, 621 patients were admitted in the hospitals of Dhaka city while rests 839 patients were admitted in the hospitals of other divisions.
With the addition, the total number of dengue patients stood at 51,476 till August 17 from January 1 this year. Of those, 43,580 patients were released from the hospitals after necessary treatments while 7,856 patients are still under treatment.
A total of 4,043 patients have been taking treatment in the hospitals of Dhaka city while 3,813 are taking treatment in other city hospitals.
In the briefing, the DGHS official claimed that the trend of dengue infection in the country is now declining every day. The government has taken necessary measures to control the aedes viral disease including creating awareness among the people.
She, however, claimed the next seven days as more challenging for them to control the disease.
According to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) sources, Kishoreganj Mithamoin's Saiful Islam's wife Monowara Begum (45) was taking treatment at the hospitals for few days. He was infected with the viral fever from her own home.
She was taking treatment in local Bhagolpur hospital and later shifted to the DMCH on Tuesday last while her physical condition deteriorated. The DMCH doctors have declared her dead on Saturday morning.
Another victim, Sumon Bashar alias Raju, 20, was a student of grade XII of Sortajitpur College in Magura and son of Mizanur Rahman of Chadpur village under Sadar upazila of the same district, reports our Faridpur correspondent.
"Sumon was admitted to Faridpur Medical College Hospital with dengue fever on August 12. He died while being treated at the hospital this morning," said FMCH Superintendent Kamonda Proshad Saha.
Victim's father Mizanur Rahman said his son had been suffering from fever since August 7 and he was admitted to Faridpur Medical College Hospital on August 12 being diagnosed with dengue. He died at the hospital around 9:30am on Saturday.
Anamul Haque, civil surgeon of the hospital, told our correspondent that a total 1,100 dengue patients got admitted to different hospitals in Faridpur including the FMCH between July 20 and August 17. Among them, 570 dengue patients have already been released from the hospitals after treatment, while 396 patients are being treated at the hospitals.
So far, 4 dengue patients died in Faridpur, the civil surgeon added.
In last year, at least 10,148 people got infected with dengue fever across the country.
Meanwhile, the government on Saturday launched an android mobile phone-based application named 'Stop Dengue', using which anyone can report about dengue infection and suspected dengue breeding ground.
The app was developed by five ministries and division with the support from E-cab, said a release of Health Services.
The app will help creating a dengue intensity map, it said.

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