The rapid spread of dengue is pushing up demand for saline and paracetamols.
Doctors are now using these two in the treatment of dengue, as they find no other remedial measure against the physical manifestations of type-3 dengue in a patient.
This rise in demand could result in price-hike and non-availability of saline and paracetamol in the market.
This correspondent found that the demand of saline and paracetamol has increased at pharmaceutical stores around Mitford Hospital, Dhaka Medical College and Hospital and Chankharpul area in the capital.
According to a salesperson at Lazz Pharma in Chankharpul area, sales of saline at the pharmacy has increased three times more as compared to what it has been before the outbreak of dengue.
The owner of Yousuf Medical Hall, a pharmaceutical store in the Mitford Hospital area, has expressed concern at the sudden rise in demand for saline and paracetamol.
Saline supply could see a shortage, if the situation continues, he observed. But till now the pharmaceutical store has not faced any such shortage, he added.
On the other hand, Odomos cream used for protection against mosquito bites has become increasingly scarce in the market.
Seeing the rise in demand for the ointment, the company has raised its price. Presently, retailers are finding it difficult to meet the demand for the product at the prevailing rate of supply.
This year type-3 dengue has come out to be the most common type of dengue infection. This type of dengue is life-threatening. As administration of saline and paracetamol seem to be the only two remedial measures for reducing effects of type-3 dengue, the demand for saline and paracetamol has increased.
In type 3 dengue, platelets in a patient’s blood and his blood pressure is reduced, forcing the patient to become senseless, even succumb to his death.
According to Dr MH Choudhury Lelin, preventive medicine specialist, such type of shock syndrome in a dengue patient is usually seen when the patient’ fever reaches as high as 104-105 degree; the patient also feels pain this critical stage.
However, in type-3 dengue no such pain is felt and the patient can become senseless even at the time he is having 101-102 degrees of fever.