A fourth grader died of dengue today after she went to visit her grandparents with her family in Rajapur town of Jhalakhathi.
Rusha Alam, 10, a student of YWCA Junior Girls High School in Dhaka’s Mohammadpur, went to Jhalakathi from Dhaka on last Thursday after she recovered to some extent from dengue.
She was very happy to see her grandparents during her Eid-Ul-Azha vacation, but on Friday morning her condition deteriorated and she was taken to Rajapur Health complex.
The doctors referred her to Barishal as she was in a critical condition, Kazi Jashim Uddin, an uncle of Rusha, told our Jhalokathi correspondent.
Rasha’s parents tried to admit her into Sher-E-Bangla Medical Hospital in Barishal, but as there was no seat available, they admitted her in a private hospital where doctors diagnosed her with dengue.
Test result showed that platelet count of her blood was decreasing very quickly. She was later shifted to the ICU of Sher-E-Bangla Medical College and Hospital’s child unit, said Nurul Haque, the father of the victim.
Doctors of the child unit of the hospital tried their best to save her, but Rusha died around 7:00am, he said.
“Rusha was in the last stage of dengue fever and she was affected by the fever five days ago when she was in Dhaka. She travelled a long way with fever,” said H M Habibur Rahman, a child specialist of the unit.
Crisis at child ward at Sher-E-Bangla Medical College Hospital
The hospital is facing acute crisis of room at the child ward as around 500 patients were admitted on Friday night among which 26 are dengue patients, according to the information of the register book of the ward.
Children were seen lying on the floor outside the room and in the balcony.
The ward has no room for a single patient but patients were coming one after another.
Most of the children are affected by pneumonia or dengue.
“The highly sensitive ward should be clean but it looks very polluted, even the air of the unit is hotter than others for the huge rush,” said a nurse of the ward seeking anonymity.
Many child patients were seen lying on the floor without any curtain on the night.
“We are treating five to six times more patients comparing the beds. If patients keep coming in this rate this will go out of control due to room crisis,” said H M Habibur Rahman, the indoor medical officer of the ward.