Five more die of dengue, 1,597 more infected
Published : Friday, 23 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 748
A total of 1,597 dengue patients have been admitted to different hospitals across the country in the last 24 hours ending at 8:00 am on Thursday.
Among them, 761 patients were admitted in Dhaka and 836 in districts outside Dhaka.
Dengue, a mosquito-borne virus, spreads among humans through its carrier Aedes mosquito.
The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), at a press release issued on Thursday, said the number of admitted patients currently undergoing treatment in government and private hospitals combined is 6,147.
A total 47 dengue patients have died across Bangladesh from January 1 till August 22, according to their own collected data. However, the unofficial death toll is reported to be over 105 so far.
A total of 3,332 patients are currently receiving treatment in different government and private hospitals in Dhaka. Whereas a total of 2,815 people are undergoing treatment outside Dhaka, the release said.
Since January 1 till August 22, a total of 59,592 people have been affected by dengue. Among those admitted, a total of 53,398 have been released from their respective hospitals and clinics after treatment.
Two more people died of dengue in the capital and Barishal on Thursday. The deceased were identified as Gias Uddin, 40, son of Abdul Awal of Chandpur and Monir Hossain, 38, son of Shahjahan Mia of Barishal.
Bachchu Mia, inspector of Dhaka Medical College Hospital police outpost, said Gias, a resident of Postogola, got admitted to the hospital with high fever around 11:00pm on Wednesday.
'He was later shifted to the Intensive Care Unit where he died around 6:20am,' Bachchu said.
The body was handed over to the family members.
In Barishal, a man died of dengue at Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital in the morning.
The deceased was identified as Monir Hossain, 38, son of Shahjahan Mia of Mehendiganj Upazila of the district.
Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital Director Dr Bakir Hossain said Monir was hospitalised after being diagnosed with dengue on August 18. He died around 5:00am.
However, a joint IAEA-FAO-WHO expert team arrived in the capital on Thursday on a three-day visit aiming to help Bangladesh tackle dengue outbreak caused by Aedes mosquito.
On the first day of its visit, the team held a meeting with senior officials of the Health Services Division, the Local Government Division, the Agriculture Ministry, the Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and the representatives of the public agencies concerned.
Health Services Division Secretary Md Asadul Islam chaired the meeting.
During the meeting, they discussed mosquito control by applying the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT), said a press release of the Health and Family Welfare Ministry.
The main objective of the team is to assess the feasibility of Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) in controlling Aedes mosquito in Bangladesh.