With four days shy of the month-end, August has seen a higher number of dengue cases than all of last year.
With 2,192 new patients admitted to hospitals yesterday, dengue cases hit a record high since its first official outbreak in 2000, crossing the 1,00,000-threshold in eight months this year.
For the first time in the country’s history, dengue cases outside Dhaka district have outnumbered cases inside the district, raising an alarm that the situation may worsen outside Dhaka.
Health Minister Zahed Maleque today said that about 1,700 people have so far been infected with dengue this year, which is five times the number of infected at the same time last year
Lessons from past years must reflect in decisions by relevant authorities
When there were more than one lakh reported cases of the dengue virus in the country in 2019, the death toll was 179, but this year 216 people have died so far from dengue even though cases are around half compared to three years ago.
The government’s fight against the scourge of ever-increasing dengue infections has proven to be futile.
The spread of dengue across the country requires better public health preparedness
At least five dengue patients died while 873 others were admitted to different hospitals across the country in 24 hours till this morning (October 31, 2022).