The number of new dengue patients has been steadily decreasing over the past week, but hospitals outside Dhaka are still getting more patients compared to those in the capital.
According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), a total of 1,189 new dengue patients were hospitalised across the country in the last 24 hours (from 8am Wednesday to 8am Thursday).
Among them, 524 dengue patients were hospitalised in the capital and 665 in other parts of the country. The DGHS data shows that 5,030 dengue patients are being treated across the country at present.
This year, the dengue outbreak occurred in the capital from the very onset of the rainy season, and the number of dengue patients just at the beginning of August was higher than the total number of dengue patients last year.
According to the DGHS, so far 68,410 patients have been admitted to hospital this year, among them 49,949 were admitted within the first 29 days of August.
The health directorate has so far confirmed 52 deaths by dengue fever after analysing 88 ‘death reviews.’ However, sources from the DGHS control room say that to date it has received 180 reports of deaths caused by dengue fever.
The previous highest death toll from dengue infection was 93 in 2000.