Two die of dengue in Chattogram, Barishal


Desk report, September 12: A woman and a teenage girl died of dengue in Chattogram and Barishal on Thursday.The victims were identified as Doume Ching Marma, 27, and Suraiya, 14.

Doume Ching was admitted to Ruma Upazila Health Complex on September 10 with fever and was later diagnosed with dengue, said Bandarban Civil Surgeon Dr Aung Sui.

She was shifted to CSCR Hospital in Chattogram on Tuesday.

Doume Ching died around 1:50am, said Dr Aung Sui.

The victim was the president of Mahila Awami League’s sadar union unit. Her husband, Ula Ching Marma, is the chairman of Ruma upazila parishad and also president of Awami League’s upazila unit.

Meanwhile, Suraiya, a resident of Barguna’s Patharghata upazila, died at the Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH).

SBMCH Director Bakir Hossain said she was hospitalised on Wednesday morning with dengue fever.

“She died around 8am,” he said.

Bangladesh has been grappling with a massive outbreak of dengue this year. Dhaka, its densely-populated capital city, is at the centre of the outbreak.

Since January, 78,617 people had been hospitalised with dengue and 75,225 of them made full recovery, the government said. At present, more than 3,100 patients are being treated at hospitals.

Although the number of new dengue cases is declining, reports of deaths related to the mosquito-borne disease continue to come in.

At least six dengue-related deaths were reported between Tuesday night and Wednesday night.

In 24 hours until Wednesday morning, 634 new dengue patients were admitted to hospitals. The number was 753 on Tuesday.

Since the beginning of this year, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) received information about 197 dengue-related deaths. It has so far reviewed 101 cases and confirmed 60 dengue deaths.