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Dengue outbreak: The ordeal of death and suffering

  • Published at 12:41 am August 22nd, 2019
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A dengue patient receives treatment at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital in Dhaka Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Shipon Bepari is from Madaripur Sadar and has been living in Hasnabad for the last ten years

Dengue has become a major concern for people in Bangladesh. This deadly virus has almost become an epidemic. Though most dengue patients have survived, they have suffered more than they bargained for. Some cannot even spend time with their loved ones. Two of them shared their stories with Dhaka Tribune.

Imran couldn’t eat meat on  Eid Day

Rickshaw van puller Shipon Bepari cannot afford to buy meat for his family though that is what others like him hope to do for Eid ul Adha, collecting sacrificial meat from the more fortunate.

Shipon Bepari is from Madaripur Sadar and has been living in Hasnabad for the last ten years.

On Eid day he and his son Imran Bepari, 13, collected meat from the wealthy. and Imran’s mother also cooked the meat, but Imran did not in the end get to eat a single morsel of meat.

He sat down with his family for dinner but very soon he felt feverish and started vomiting.

When Imran’s condition steadily worsened, his father rushed him to National Hospital.

After tests, doctors found that Imran had dengue.

After spending three days at National Hospital, Shipon Bepari admitted his son to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

Now Imran is undergoing treatment for dengue at DMCH .

The duty nurse, wishing to remain anonymous, said Imran’s situation was stable and he would be able to go home within two or three days.

Imran’s father Shipon, who was with Imran from day one, said his family is suffering financially since he could not go to work pulling a rickshaw.

He said: “What can I do now? There is none in the family to earn and I have to stay with my son to take care of him.”

Shipon hoped that he could go home with his son as soon as possible.

He also added that his family had been eagerly waiting for Eid, hoping to eat meat which they could not usually afford. 

When this correspondent spoke to Imran, he said: ‘‘I want to go home and eat meat.’’

In the words of Imran: “I collected lots of meat on Eid day but could not eat at all. I want to eat that meat when I return home.”

Dengue snatches DMCH staff’s wedding-holidays plan 

Kawser Ahmed, 27, works as a parking attendant at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH)and had dreamt of spending time with his new bride but dengue spoiled his dreams.

Kawser got married on August 2. The very next day Kawser came down with a high fever and started passing blood with his stool. On August 4, after the blood test came positive, he was admitted to DMCH the very next day.

Kawser, who lives in Mirpur, told Dhaka tribune that he was probably bitten by mosquitoes at DMCH, during his work hours.

He was released from the hospital on August 16 and is now  back at work as a DMCH parking lot attendant

He said: “I was scheduled to take time off from work to spend some time with my bride but dengue messed up all my wedding holiday plans.”

He said that though he was released from the hospital, fever and stomach pains still haunt him.

“At night my fever comes back and sometimes I have severe stomach pains. Doctors have suggested taking paracetamol and other medicine for the fever and pain,” said Kawser.

Kawser also fears getting dengue again as there are plenty of mosquitoes at DMCH where he works.