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Dengue test fee now Tk50 in govt hospitals

A dengue test should be taken on a doctor's advice in the event of fever, according to DGHS

Update : 12 Jul 2023, 08:11 PM

Dengue tests at government hospitals would be charged Tk50 instead of Tk100 for next one month. 

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) issued a notification in this regard on Wednesday.

Last year, dengue test fee at the private hospitals was fixed at Tk300.

In addition, DGHS recommended that people practise caution and environmental cleanliness while avoiding dengue-related panic. 

A dengue test should be taken on a doctor's advice in the event of fever, according to DGHS.

Dhaka residents at risk

Based on the data of the Aedes mosquito pre-season survey, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said that everyone in Dhaka is at risk of dengue infection. 

Health Minister Zahid Maleque warned of the dengue outbreak and said: “We are currently facing a prevalent issue of mosquitoes and dengue. If we do not take precautions starting now, the situation will worsen.” 

"At this time last year, our situation was considerably better… If we do not take precautions starting from now, the situation will get worse," he said while talking to reporters at his residence in Manikganj's Garpara on Sunday.

Dengue situation

Seven more deaths were reported from dengue in 24 hours till Tuesday morning – the highest single-day casualties from the mosquito-borne disease this year.

The new casualties raised the number of Dengue fatalities in Bangladesh to 83 this year.

During the period, 1,054 more patients – highest single-day tally reported this year – were hospitalized with the viral fever, according to the DGHS.

A total of 3,303 dengue patients, including 2,306 in the capital, are now receiving treatment at hospitals across the country.

So far, the DGHS has recorded 14,897 dengue cases, 11,511 recoveries.

According to DGHS tally, Bangladesh has recorded 70 out of 83 dengue casualties in the months of June and July. 

The country logged 281 dengue deaths in 2022 – the highest on record after 179 deaths recorded in 2019. Also, it recorded 62,423 dengue cases and 61,971 recoveries last year.

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