There have been eight deaths this year because of dengue
Amid the alarming rise in the number of dengue patients in the country, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) yesterday fixed lower amount of charges for diagnosing dengue and directed all the public and private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres to follow the new prices.
DGHS Director General Prof Dr Abul Kalam Azad told reporters that the decision was taken after a meeting with the authorities of private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres at the directorate, on the diagnoses and treatment processes.
DGHS Medical Officer Dr Shah Alam Siddiqui also confirmed that the new fees were effective from yesterday and will remain in effect until further notice.
The NS-1 antigen test will now cost Tk500, instead of Tk1,200-2,000; the IgG+IgM or IgM+IgE test will cost Tk500, instead of Tk800-1,600; and the Complete Blood Count (CBC) test, which includes RBC, WBC, Platelet and Hematocrit, will cost Tk400, instead of Tk1,000.
DGHS also directed all private hospitals and diagnostic centres to open a “one stop centre” for dengue patients, and increase the number of beds and manpower to handle the growing dengue patients.
Ten DGHS teams, each comprising three members, will monitor the hospitals across the country and legal action will be taken against those who would fail to comply with the directives, Dr Azad said.
The hospitals and clinics were also asked to follow the National Dengue Management Guideline.
In the worst dengue outbreak in the country’s history, Bangladesh has seen a total of 11,654 dengue cases nationwide between January 1 and July 28 this year, according to DGHS.
Of them, 824 were found infected with the mosquito-borne viral disease and hospitalized between Saturday and yesterday.
There have been eight deaths this year as well because of dengue.
DGHS data shows that the number of dengue diagnoses is on the rise this year outside Dhaka city as well, as 611 cases have been reported so far in different districts under six of the eight divisions.
Doctors said that dengue fever has taken a formidable turn at this time as the heart, kidneys and brains are being affected, sending the patient into “dengue shock syndrome,” to which most patients have lost their lives.
The NS-1 antigen test will now cost Tk500, instead of Tk1,200-2,000
The IgG+IgM or IgM+IgE test will now cost Tk500, instead of Tk800-1,600
The Complete Blood Count test will now cost Tk400, instead of Tk1,000