Dengue patients’ number hits 50,000

84pc victims return home cured: DGHS

FE Report | Published: August 17, 2019 10:40:40 | Updated: August 17, 2019 14:21:06

A mother taking her daughter, Sumaiya, who is suffering from dengue fever for the last five days, to her hospital bed after she gave blood sample for test at Mugda Medical College Hospital in the city on Friday — FE photo by Shafiqul Alam

The number of clinically diagnosed cases of mosquito-borne dengue infection reaches 50,000 this year on Friday, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

In the last 24 hours until 8:00 am on the day, 1,719 fresh patients were admitted to different hospitals with dengue fever, of which 759 were diagnosed positive in Dhaka city while 960 were outside the capital.

As per estimation of the DGHS Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room, a total of 49,999 patients were admitted to various hospitals with dengue since January 2019 until date, with death of 40 people.

Around 84 per cent of the total patients or 42,243 people have returned home from the hospitals after treatment.

However, according to media reports, unofficial death cases due to dengue fever may be double than the government data, as the DGHS collects information only from 40 hospitals - 11 government and 29 private.

Currently, some 7,716 people are undergoing treatment in different hospitals across the country, of which 4,019 are in Dhaka and 3,701 in other districts.

From August 1 to August 16, a total of 31,538 people were admitted to hospitals with dengue, while the number was 16,253 in July, and 1,884 in June, the DGHS data shows.


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