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Dengue claims 25 lives in 23 days

Amid rising cases, the government has designated 6 hospitals as dengue dedicated ones

Update : 23 Aug 2021, 07:52 PM

As many as 25 people have died of mosquito-borne virus dengue in the 23 days of this month.

Meanwhile, 5,065 cases were reported during the same period, the Directorate General of Health Services said on Monday. 

On the other hand, in the 24 hours to 8am on Monday, as many as 276 people have been hospitalised with dengue. 

Among them, 243 are in Dhaka and 33 are from outside the capital.

Bangladesh has been seeing over 200 dengue cases every day since August 1, amid the rising Covid caseload.

According to the DGHS Health Emergency Operation Center and Control Room, so far 37 people have died of the mosquito-borne virus this year.

Six hospitals dedicated for dengue patients

The DGHS on Monday announced six hospitals in Dhaka as dengue dedicated ones as caseloads rise alarmingly amid the Covid-19 pandemic. 

A notification signed by DGHS Management Information System (MIS) Director Dr Mizanur Rahman was issued in this regard, reports UNB.

The six dedicated hospitals are: Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital,  Shaheed Ahsan Ullah Master General Hospital at Tongi in Gazipur; Railway General Hospital at Kamalapur, 20-bed Aminbazar Govt Hospital in Dhaka, Lalkuthi Hospital at Mirpur in Dhaka, and 31-bed Kamrangirchar Hospital.

The hospitals across the country are currently treating 1,146 dengue patients. Among them 1,041 are in Dhaka while the rest are in other divisions.

According to the DGHS, a total of 8, 317 dengue patients were admitted to the hospital this year among whom 7, 134 recovered and returned home.

The tropical fever was first reported in Bangladesh in 2000 claiming 93 lives. While cases did go down to almost zero over the years, in 2019, another massive surge overwhelmed the hospitals.

The latest surge comes while hospitals are overwhelmed with the massive number of Covid-19 caseloads.

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