7 more lose lives as dengue outbreak continues to rage

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Dhaka, August 06: Dengue claimed seven more lives on Monday and Tuesday as Bangladesh continues to struggle in its fight against the mosquito-borne viral disease.

The deaths were reported from Dhaka, Rangpur, Chandpur, Dinajpur and Manikganj.

A total of 2,348 people were infected with dengue in 24 hours until Tuesday morning, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Of them, 1,284 cases were reported from the capital. Five of them were suffering from dengue hemorrhagic while another from dengue shock syndrome.

Since the beginning of this year, 29,912 people were hospitalised across the country with dengue, according to government data.

At least 7,968 patients, including children, are currently undergoing treatment at hospitals while the rest were discharged after treatment. In Dhaka, 5,182 dengue patients are currently hospitalised.

Since January, 23 dengue patients died, all in the capital, the DGHS said, although the unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is much higher.

In the capital, a female Bangladeshi expatriate living in Italy succumbed to the mosquito-borne fever at Anwer Khan Modern Hospital on Monday night, said its director Jasimuddin Khan, UNB reports.

Lippi Begum, 34, wife of Sarder Abdul SattarTarun, was taken to the hospital on Friday morning after her condition deteriorated. She died while undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit.

Tarun’s elder sister DrNurunnahar said the couple along with their two children returned home from Italy barely 10 days ago and were staying at a house in Kalambagan area of the capital.

Soon after their arrival, Tarun was diagnosed with dengue. While he was suffering from the fever, Hafsa, hailing from Bhedarganjupazila in Shariatpur, was also detected with dengue on July 28, Nurunnahar said.

She, however, decided to stay by her ailing husband at the house instead of being hospitalised.

Besides, Monowara Begum, 75, of Hajiganj upazila of Chandpur district died at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) around 8 am after being diagnosed with dengue, said sub-inspector Abdul Khan, in-charge of the DMCH police outpost.

Besides, Habibur Rahman, 21, hailing from Bhanga upazila in Faridpur, died after being infected with dengue at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the DMCH around 2:15 pm.

Anwar Hossain, maternal uncle of Habibur, said he was admitted to the hospital with fever on Wednesday and shifted to the ICU of the hospital on Saturday.

UNB Chandpur Correspondent reports: Madina Akter, 7, a KG-1 student of a local kindergarten, and daughter of Mizanur Rahman Dhali of Matlab North upazila, died of dengue at Dhanmondi General and Kidney Hospital Ltd in the capital around on Monday midnight.

Madina was diagnosed with dengue and admitted to the hospital on August 3, and shifted to the ICU of the hospital where she breathed her last.

In Rangpur, a minor girl succumbed to the mosquito-borne fever at Rangpur Medical College Hospital in the morning.

The deceased was identified as Riyana, 3, daughter of Ashraful Islam hailing from Gaibandha’s Palashbari upazila.

Dr Saifuzzaman, spokesperson of the hospital, said the child was admitted to the hospital on August 3 with dengue. After four days of treatment, she died around 8am.

She was diagnosed with dengue after returning from Dhaka recently, he added.

In Dinajpur, a teenage boy lost his battle to dengue at M Abdur Rahim Medical College Hospital in the early hours.

Rabiul Islam, 17, son of Noyan Islam of Nekmarad village in Ranishankail upazila of Thakurgaon district, died around 5:30am, director of the hospital Dr Khairul Kabir. The teenager was taken to the hospital on July 30.

Currently, 46 dengue patients are admitted to the medical college hospital and 86 others returned home after treatment, the director said, adding that all of them returned from Dhaka.

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), total of 2,065 people were infected with dengue in 24 hours till Monday morning.

Of them, 1159 were infected in the capital alone and nine of them were suffering from dengue hemorrhagic while two others from dengue shock syndrome.

A total of 27,437 people were hospitalised with dengue since 1 January.

At least 7,658 patients, including children, are undergoing treatment at hospitals now, while the rest were discharged after treatment. Currently, a total of 4,962 patients were undergoing treatment in different hospitals in Dhaka, it said.

During the period, 18 dengue patients died, all in the capital, the DGHS said although the unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is much higher.