7,000 dengue patients admitted to hospitals in Barishal Division
BARISHAL, Nov 19: The number of admitted dengue patients has exceeded 7,000 at different hospitals under six districts of Barishal Division.
The doctors are a bit worried as the disease may spread following an increase in aedes mosquitoes in water-logged areas of the south, caused by the recent Cyclone 'Bulbul'.
According to sources at Divisional Health Department, about 1,000 dengue patients were newly admitted to various hospitals of the division in the last one month. Of them, three patients died at Barishal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH).
Seeking anonymity, a source of Health Department said the number of dengue patients might exceed 20,000 in the division this year.
Though many sources claimed that dengue would be completely under control within the first phase of the last October, but the disease is still attacking people even in mid-November.
Health Department sources also said the number of dengue patients in the southern portion of the country has been increasing since July last. About 90 per cent of the 7,000 dengue patients who were hospitalised were attacked by aedes mosquito in Dhaka and later admitted to different hospitals of south including SBMCH.
Out of total six and 42 upazila hospitals, highest 3,000 dengue patients were admitted to SBMCH. Besides, patients from nearby districts including Madaripur, Shariatpur and Gopalganj, were also admitted to SBMCH.
As per the district-wise statistics, the condition of dengue attack in Pirojpur District is the worst now. About 1,200 patients of the district have been admitted to various hospitals including Pirojpur Zila Sadar Hospital and upazila hospitals till Friday morning.
Besides, many patients are being sent to SBMCH and Khulna Medical College Hospital for better treatment. At least 750 people in Bhola, 700 in Barishal and Patuakhali each, 600 in Barguna, and 125 in Jhalakati districts have been attacked by dengue.
Though the overall condition of dengue attack in the division is improving, the disease could not be removed yet.