The number of this year’s recorded dengue patients hit 90,278 yesterday, with 52,636 hospital admissions in August alone.
According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 348 new patients were hospitalised across the country -- 90 in Dhaka and 258 outside of the city -- in 24 hours till 8:00am yesterday. Of the patients, 1,327 are still receiving treatment at hospitals.
A total of 52,636 people got infected with dengue in August alone, surpassing the total recorded cases of 50,166 between 2000 and 2018, according to DGHS control room.
DGHS detected only 1,796 patients in August last year, and the annual figure never crossed 11,000 since the first dengue outbreak in the country in 2000.
Meanwhile, a dengue patient died at Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH) on Sunday night, taking the death toll to 151. The official figure, however, is 81.
Rekha Mollick, 45, wife of Chitta Mollick under Keshabpur upazila of Jashore, was admitted to KMCH on Saturday evening.
She had been suffering from the viral fever for the last days, and died about 24 hours later at 10:45pm on Sunday, said Partha Protim Debnath, assistant registrar of the medicine department at KMCH.
Rekha was hospitalised in a critical condition, and she also had other complications like diabetes and heart abnormality, he said.
Atiar Rahman Sheikh, assistant civil surgeon of Khulna, said 16 people including 10 women died of dengue in Khulna this year, 13 of them at KMCH.
Dr Rasheda Sultana, director (health) of Khulna division, said the dengue situation in this division is alarming because patients are being admitted to hospitals and clinics in its 10 districts daily for the last few days. “Rain might be a cause of the worsening situation,” she said.
Around 114 dengue patients were hospitalised in 24 hours till yesterday morning in Khulna division, and the number of total cases reached 9,115 in the division this year, according to Khulna health directorate office.