We need a comprehensive, long-term policy for addressing dengue and other weather-based diseases.
Patients from now on can get their dengue tests at Tk 50 instead of Tk 100 in all public hospitals across the country.
The capital’s Mugda Medical College Hospital has been struggling to cope with the steep rise in the number of dengue patients over the last few weeks.
The country has already seen the death of 12 dengue patients before the beginning of the monsoon, while 1,261 others were hospitalised till yesterday. The numbers indicate alarming signs of a massive dengue outbreak this year.
At least 281 people succumbed to dengue last year, while 62,382 patients were hospitalised, the highest deaths and second-highest cases ever recorded in the country.
The number of dengue patients hospitalised across the country this year is almost 50,000, the second time this has happened in Bangladesh.
The deaths from dengue this year crossed 200 yesterday, the highest figure in a single year since the outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease in the country.
With the number of dengue cases soaring every day across the country, hospitals especially those in the capital are struggling to deal with the patients, health officials say while experts suggest immediate steps to control Aedes mosquitoes.
One dengue patient died while 431 patients were admitted to different hospitals across the country in 24 hours till 8:00 am today (September 21, 2022), according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).