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Dengue claims 3 more lives

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File photo: Dengue patients at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital as the outbreak continues Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The unofficial death toll is reported to be at 151

Three more people, including a local leader of the ruling Awami League, have died of dengue in three districts-- Dhaka, Bandarban and Barguna respectively on Thursday.

In Dhaka, a woman infected with dengue died at the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).

The deceased was Panna Begum, 60, died at the DMCH medicine care unit around 1:45pm.

Quoting the family, DMCH police outpost in-charge Bacchu Mia said: "Panna was admitted to DMCH with dengue on Monday night.

She was already suffering from diabetes and pressure related issues."

She died on Thurday afternoon while undergoing treatment, Bacchu said.

In Bandarban, the head of Awami League's women's front, Doume Ching Marma, died of dengue at the Centre for Specialized Care and Research (CSCR) Hospital in Chittagong. Her assistant Mithu Das confirmed that she died around 5:45am.

Quoting the family, Mithu said: "Doume Ching was admitted to Ruma Upazila Health Complex with high fever on Tuesday night."

She was transferred to Chittagong where her condition deteriorated, he added.

Doume Ching's death is the first reported death caused by dengue in Bandarban.

In Barguna, a 14-year-old died at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) at 7am.

The deceased, Suraiya Begum, was from Patharghata upazila of Barguna.

SBMCH Director Dr. Bakir Hossain said: "Suraiya was admitted here with dengue on Tuesday night."

He said Suraiya passed away on Thursday morning while undergoing treatment.

Dengue menace

A total of 750 dengue patients have been admitted to different hospitals across Bangladesh in the last 24 hours.

Till Thursday, 237 patients were admitted in Dhaka, and 513 in districts outside Dhaka.

Dengue, a mosquito-borne virus, spreads among humans through its carrier, the Aedes mosquito.

The Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), in a press release issued on Thursday, said the number of patients currently undergoing treatment in government and private hospitals in the country were 3,029.

A total of 60 dengue patients have died across Bangladesh from January 1 till September 12, according to their own collected data. However, the unofficial death toll is reported to be over 151, so far.

As many as 1,355 patients are currently receiving treatment in 41 government and private hospitals in Dhaka, whereas 1,674 people are undergoing treatment outside Dhaka, the DGHS data said.

Since January 1 till September 12, a total of 79,367 people have been affected by dengue.

Among those admitted, a total of 76,141 have been released from their respective hospitals and clinics after treatment.