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2019-08-06 13:45:07 BdST

Dengue claims 3 more lives


Three more people have died of dengue in Dhaka, Rangpur and Dinajpur districts as the entire country remains in the grip of the mosquito-borne disease.
 
In the capital, a female Bangladeshi expatriate living in Italy succumbed to the mosquito-borne fever at Anwer Khan Modern Hospital on Monday night, said its director Jasimuddin Khan.

Lipi Begum, 34, wife of Sarder Abdul Sattar Tarun, was taken to the hospital on Friday morning after her condition deteriorated. She died while undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit.

Tarun’s elder sister Dr Nurunnahar said the couple along with their two children returned home from Italy around 10 days ago and were staying at a house in Kalambagan area of the capital. 

Soon after their arrival, Tarun was diagnosed with dengue. While he was suffering from the fever, Hafsa, hailing from Bhedarganj upazila in Shariatpur, was also detected with dengue on July 28, Nurunnahar said.

She, however, decided to stay by her ailing husband at the house instead of being hospitalised, she said. 

In Rangpur, a minor girl succumbed to the mosquito-borne fever at Rangpur Medical College Hospital in the morning.
 
The deceased was identified as Riyana, 3, daughter of Ashraful Islam hailing from Gaibandha’s Palashbari upazila.
 
Dr Saifuzzaman, spokesperson of the hospital, said the child was admitted to the hospital on August 3 with dengue. After four days of treatment, she died around 8am.
 
She was diagnosed with dengue after returning from Dhaka recently, he added.
 
In Dinajpur, a teenage boy lost his battle to dengue at M Abdur Rahim Medical College Hospital in the early hours.
 
Rabiul Islam, 17, son of Noyan Islam of Nekmarad village in Ranishankail upazila of Thakurgaon district, died around 5:30am, director of the hospital Dr Khairul Kabir. The teenager was taken to the hospital on July 30.

Currently, 46 dengue patients are admitted to the medical college hospital and 86 others returned home after treatment, the director said, adding that all of them returned from Dhaka.

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), total of 2,065 people were infected with dengue in 124 hours till Monday morning.

Of them, 1159 were infected in the capital alone and nine of them were suffering from dengue hemorrhagic while two others from dengue shock syndrome.  

A total of 27,437 people were hospitalised with dengue since 1 January.

At least 7,658 patients, including children, are undergoing treatment at hospitals now, while the rest were discharged after treatment. Currently, a total of 4,962 patients were undergoing treatment in different hospitals in Dhaka, it said.

During the period, 18 dengue patients died, all in the capital, the DGHS said although the unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is much higher.

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