A total of 29 dengue patients, all hailing from the Akbar Shah Biswa Colony area, have been hospitalized within the span of just one week in Chattogram.
New dengue infections stared spreading in the past six days following rain caused by cyclone Bulbul. In the last 24 hours, nine dengue patients got admitted at the Bangladesh Institute of Tropical and Infectious Disease in Faujdarhat.
Confirming the matter on Friday, Department of Clinical Tropical Medicine Chief, Dr Mamunur Rashid said: "There are more males than females among the newly admitted 29 dengue patients.
"The condition of three patients are deteriorating, so they have been referred to Chittagong Medical College Hospital. However, some have returned home after treatment."
The densely populated Biswa Colony is home to many middle class families. Around 20,000 residents live in more than 3,000 houses there.
Fatima Begum, wife of dengue patient Rahman Mia said, "The number of mosquitoes increased following the rain caused by cyclone Bulbul, but the city corporation did not launch any anti-mosquito drive.
"For this reason, the number of dengue patients are increasing in the area."
Meanwhile, Uttar Pahartali Ward Councillor Jahurul Islam Jasim said, "We sprayed insecticides in the Biswa Colony under a crash programme after the previous dengue outbreak. Insecticides were also sprayed there in the beginning of this month.
"The colony is a densely populated area with a large number of residents. The mosquito menace has increased in the area, so we will spray insecticides in that colony again."
During the previous outbreak, a majority of the dengue patients were from the Biswa Colony and Foy's Lake areas.
Responding to query, Chattogram Civil Surgeon Dr Mohammad Azizur Rahman Siddiqui said, "This year, more than 200 patients were from the Biswa Colony and Foy's Lake areas.
"Many of them were treated at the Bangladesh Institute of Tropical and Infectious Disease and Bangabandhu Memorial Hospital. At least 2,000 dengue patients have been reported in Chattogram so far."
Adding that the increasing dengue cases at the Biswa Colony is concerning, he added, "We have asked the city corporation to take necessary action in this regard."