Teenage boy, pregnant mother die of dengue in city


Dhaka, August 05: An expectant mother and a teenage boy died of dengue in different hospitals in the capital early Monday.

Sharmin Akhter Shapla, 32, wife of Nazmul Hasan, deputy director of Agargaon Meteorological office, died at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital while Hasan, 13, at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

UNB Joypurhat correspondent reports: Shapla’s husband meteorologist Nazmul Hasan went to South Korea on Saturday leaving her and their son at his father-in-law’s house at Shantinagar Moholla in Joypurhat town.

Shapla was admitted to Joypurhat Modern Zila Hospital with symptoms of dengue fever on Saturday which referred her to Dhaka as her condition deteriorated.

“Shapla died at 4 am at Suhrawardy Medical College & Hospital,” said her elder brother Zahurul Islam Ujjal.

He said Nazmul will return home today and Shapla’s body will be taken back to Joypurhat for burial.

Meanwhile, a 13-year-old boy, Hasan, died at Dhaka Medical College & Hospital (DMCH) early Monday after being diagnosed with dengue fever.

Hasan was admitted to the hospital on August 3 and breathed his last at 4 in the morning, said Dr Nasir Uddin, Assistant Director (Admin), Dhaka Medical College & Hospital.

According to the Health Emergency Operations Centre of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 18 dengue patients died, all in the capital, and a total of 24,804 people were hospitalised across the country with dengue since 1 January.

At least 6,858 patients, including children, are undergoing treatment at hospitals now, while the rest were discharged after treatment, it said.