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Dengue menace: Additional IGP's wife, Eden student, 3 others die

  • Published at 12:12 pm August 4th, 2019
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File photo: Dengue patients at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital as the outbreak continues Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

According to the DGHS, 18 people have died so far due to the mosquito-borne virus

Five people-- including the wife of Additional Inspector General of Police (Finance) Shahabuddin Qureshi and an Eden college student -- have died of dengue.

They died on Sunday.

In Dhaka, Shahabuddin’s wife Syeeda Akhter died while undergoing treatment at Square Hospital.

The 54-year-old died around 11:30am Sunday, AIG (Media) Sohel Rana confirmed Dhaka Tribune.

Another female patient Shima, who was a second year honours student at Eden Mohila College, died in the city while she was receiving treatment at the Japan-Bangaldesh Friendship Hospital.  

At DMCH, a woman named Dipali Akter, 23 passed away from the virus at 3:18pm on the same day.

In Khulna, two people-- including a school student-- died of dengue, the first reported deaths from the mosquito-borne disease in the district.

The deceased are Morjina Begum, wife of Ismail Sardar; and Monjur Sheikh, 15, son of Babul Sheikh of Khaja Danga village of Rupsha.

Morjina was admitted to Khulna Medical College and Hospital (KMCH) a week ago and died in the early hours of Sunday, hospital's Assistant Registrar of medicine department Dr Partho Pratim said.

Monjur, a class 10 student of Kazdia Government High School, was first admitted to Rupsha Upazila Health Complex and then transferred to KMCH, local TSB union Chairman Md Jahangir Alam said.

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Md Jahangir Alam said: "He had been suffering from fever for days but it was not identified whether it was dengue.

“After being taken to KMCH, physicians asked his parents to take him to Dhaka.  However, he was admitted to Gazi Medical College and Hospital on Saturday night as his condition deteriorated and could not be transferred to Dhaka.”

 Later, he died on Sunday morning.

Confirming the matter, Gazi Medical College and Hospital Manager Ashiqur Rahman said Monjur died of dengue around 6:30am.

Dengue cases still surging

At least three people including a pregnant woman died of dengue as the tally of patients suffering from the mosquito-borne virus kept spiraling with 1,687 new cases across the country on Friday.  Shockingly, two of the victims died in Dhaka.

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Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) data showed that 24,804 people were hospitalized with dengue since January 1. Of them, 18,842 patients were admitted to hospitals since July 2.

Currently, 7,398 patients, including children, are undergoing treatment at hospitals till Sunday.

Although government data shows 18 people were killed of dengue, unofficial tally claims at least 47 people have died due to the mosquito-borne virus.