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2 die of dengue in Chittagong, Kushtia

  • Published at 06:14 pm October 6th, 2019
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File photo: Dengue patients receive treatment at Jessore General Hospital Dhaka Tribune

The unofficial death toll stands at over 171, so far

Two people, including a teenage girl, died of dengue on Sunday, while 314 people were hospitalized after being infected with the mosquito borne disease across the country in the last 24 hours.

Of the total patients hospitalized in the 24 hours as of 8am Sunday, 73 people were admitted to hospitals in Dhaka, while 241 were hospitalized in other parts of the country.

In Kushtia, a man has died of dengue fever while undergoing treatment at Kushtia General Hospital.

The deceased is Shamim Biswas, 30, son of Rafiqul Biswas of Kaghathia village under Rifaitpur union in Daulatpur upazila of the district.

He died while undergoing treatment at the hospital around 2:15am Sunday, after being admitted with dengue around 3:20pm on Saturday.


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Kushtia Civil Surgeon Dr Rowshan Ara Begum confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

So far, dengue has claimed five lives in Kushtia, Dr Rowshan said.

However, this is the first death caused by dengue in Kushtia General Hospital, she added.


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In Chittagong, a teenage girl died of the mosquito-borne disease at a private hospital on Saturday night.

The deceased was identified as Sumi Boidya, 19, daughter of Sunil Boidya of the Khulshi area. Her younger brother has also been hospitalized with dengue, reports UNB.

Civil Surgeon Dr Azizur Rahman Siddique visited Sumi at National Hospital, and her brother Arup Boidya, 16, at Chittagong Medical College Hospital.

Dr Rahman said Sumi had been suffering from dengue shock syndrome.

“We heard about her death around 8pm, after we had visited her,” he said.


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Sumi was initially treated at home and took medicine from her father’s pharmacy. 

“She might have survived if she was given proper treatment from the beginning,” the doctor said.

Arup is doing better and is expected to make a full recovery soon, he added.

From January 1 this year till on Sunday, a total 89,930 people have been affected by dengue, according to data from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Among those affected, 88,356 have been released from hospitals after treatment.

A total 1,338 people are currently undergoing treatment for dengue across the country. Among them, 470 are undergoing treatment at 41 government and private hospitals in Dhaka, while 868 are undergoing treatment at hospitals outside Dhaka.

According to the DGHS, a total 81 people have died from dengue this year. However, the unofficial death toll stands at 170, so far.