Eight dengue patients die, 2,331 hospitalised in 24hrs

Eight dengue patients died and 2,331 were admitted to different hospitals in the country during the last 24 hours till 8 am today. “During the period, 918 dengue patients were hospitalised in Dhaka city while 1,413 were admitted to different hospitals outside Dhaka,” a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said. “This year, 556 deaths, the highest in a year since dengue was detected in 2000, were reported from dengue disease while 281 died last year,” the daily statement of the DGHS said. With the new cases, the total number of patients rose to 1,16,842, the statement said, adding, “Some 10,8,074 patients were released from different hospitals this year out of the total patients.” “A total of 8,212 dengue patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals. Of them, 3,913 are in Dhaka while 4,299 are outside of the capital city,” it added. According to the DGHS statement, among the total dengue positive cases, 44,145 are female and 72,697 are male. Of the total deaths, 320 are female and 236 male. According to hospital authorities, pressure of dengue patients has decreased slightly in healthcare facilities in Dhaka city, meaning dengue situation is in decreasing trend in the capital city while the number of dengue cases is increasing outside of Dhaka city. “On an average, 600 dengue patients have been getting admission to Mugda Medical College Hospital every day since the beginning of July . . . a huge pressure from dengue patients for admission continued till mid-August,” Director of Mugda Medical College and Hospital Dr Md Niatuzzaman said. “Almost 50 percent pressure from dengue disease has been reduced in Mugda Medical College Hospital since mid-August,” he said, adding pressure of hospitalization of dengue patients as well as dengue tests have decreased in the past two weeks. Since the beginning of July this year, dengue disease had been increasing alarmingly and this increasing trend continued till the second week of August, the Mugda Hospital chief said, adding, “We have expanded treatment facilities including dengue dedicated units to cope with an increased number of dengue patients. Analyzing life cycle of Aedes mosquito, Former Additional Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Sanya Tahmina termed it as a domestic species and said its management system will be different from other species of mosquito. City dwellers must be cautious about stagnant water which is the main source of breeding of Aedes mosquito, she said, adding that even a small quantity of water can grow Aedes mosquitoes leading to the spread of such deadly disease. Sanya said even if a small quantity of water is left stagnant in any broken pot, vas or container inside and outside homes and offices, it can be a breeding ground for Aedes mosquitoes.

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