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Dengue still creating havoc

As many as 176 patients infected with the virus in 24 hours

Published : Saturday, 19 October, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 795
Banani Mallick

Dengue is still wreaking havoc on life with 176 more people infected with the virus across the country on Friday.
Talking to the Daily Observer, a number of experts said the dengue outbreak last year was totally urban based and this year it has spread to countryside.
During September and October in 2018, the number of dengue patient was almost zero whereas this year it is still around 300.
Mahmudur Rahman, former director of the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), said as it had spread to countryside this year, it still persists.
 "It was imperative for the government to take immediate action to ensure that the diseases do not spread further. The awareness should be created amongst people so that preventive measures are taken promptly" he said.
He also noted that this year the dengue virus has changed its pattern and considering this pattern we must take some effective actions next year.     Mohammad Shafiul Alam, a researcher at the International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), who conducted a survey, said they found mosquitoes in Dhaka fully resistant to Permethrin.
Referring to the Dhaka city, he also noted that in Dhaka city many areas have stagnant water, plastic and metal buckets, discarded tyres, plastic mugs and drums, flower tubs, clay and paint pots, and water tanks left open and uncovered that are potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
"Next year both of the City Corporations should be conscious about it and should launch massive campaigns across the country," he added.
A total of 2010 dengue patients have been admitted to different hospitals across Bangladesh in the last 24 hours.
Till 8am on Friday, 57 new patients were admitted in Dhaka and 121 in districts outside Dhaka.
The Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), in a press release issued on Friday, said the number of patients currently undergoing treatment in government and private hospitals in the country was 1,018.
As many as 419 patients are currently receiving treatment in 41 government and private hospitals in Dhaka while 599 people are undergoing treatment outside Dhaka, the DGHS data said.




Since January 1 till October 18, as many as 93,177 people have been affected with dengue.
The unofficial death toll is reported to be around 187 so far but official data shows about 98 dengue patients have died across Bangladesh from January 1 till October 18, according to their own collected data.



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