Dhaka, Bangladesh
Two univ students die, four docs also among casualties so far

Dengue now invades districts

Two univ students die, four docs also among casualties so far

News Report: Some serious dimensions are being added to the dengue danger-two university students now become casualties. Four physicians, including a civil surgeon, have died of this mosquito-borne deadly virus. One of the two is a Dhaka University student and another is of Jahangirnagar University, media reports said. They are - Firoz Kabir and Ukhing Nu Rakhaine. The viral dengue fever-which has this time erupted in more fearful forms of four/five types-had been endemic in the capital city of Dhaka. But it now spreads faster-traveling out of Dhaka to districts-and broke the record affecting at least 683 people in a single day Saturday by official count as they were admitted to hospitals. Also, the tally of infections has already surpassed previous annual records-10,528 affected in seven months to date. Some serious patients are being brought from districts-including three from Bogura sent Saturday-to the overcrowded Dhaka hospitals. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, now in London, has called for a combined combat to "save people", and her ruling party made a call for launching coordinated efforts to kill the monstrous-mosquito Aedes and contain the disease. A Dhaka University student and a student of Jahangirnagar University died of dengue fever in Dhaka and Chittagong on Saturday and Friday night. A student of Jahangirnagar University died of dengue fever on her way to Chittagong. Ukhing Nu Rakhaine, a student of JU Pharmacy Department of 48th batch, died around 4pm on Saturday. Ukhing was taken to her hometown Cox's Bazar after being infected by Dengue fever at Jahangirnagar University campus. She was admitted at Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital. Later, on-duty doctors suggested for taking better treatments at Chittagong as her health condition was worsening with high temperature. The ailing Ukhing died on way to Chittagong. Meanwhile, a student of Dhaka University (DU) died of dengue fever at a private hospital in the city on Friday night. The deceased was identified as Firoz Kabir, a student Finance Department student of 2013-14 session. Kabir, hailing from Thakurgaon, was also a resident student of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall of the university. Hall provost Prof Mofizur Rahman confirmed the death saying that Firoz Kabir was first admitted to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) with dengue fever. Later, he was shiftedto a private hospital where he breathed his last around 10 pm on Friday, he added. Firoz, a friend Iqbal Hossain and also a student of Finance Department, told UNB that Firoz had been undergoing treatment at DMCH's Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for a week. He was shifted to Square Hospital on Thursday. A female doctor died from dengue fever at a city hospital on Thursday night. She is the third physicians to have died of the disease in the country in last one month. The deceased was identified as Dr Tania Sultana, a former student of 47th batch of Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College and Hospital. She was also a student of FCPS Part-II at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). Tania Sultana breathed her last at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Anwar Khan Modern Medical College and Hospital around 10:00pm on Thursday. Rajib Shaha, an information desk officer of the hospital confirmed it. Earlier on July 3, Nigar Nahid Dipu, junior consultant of the radiology and imaging department at Kuwait-Bangladesh Friendship Government Hospital in the capital's Uttara died from Dengue while receiving treatment at the ICU of Square Hospitals in the city. Later on July 21, Civil Surgeon of Habiganj Dr Mohammad Shahadat Hossain Hajra also died from dengue at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital. A female doctor in Sylhet died from dengue fever on Friday. Meanwhile, the number of reported cases of dengue is increasing continuously across Bangladesh, with the highest number of patients diagnosed with the viral disease in a day. The Directorate General of Health Services recorded 683 cases of the mosquito-borne disease between 8am Friday and 8am Saturday. Before this, the directorate recorded the highest number of dengue cases in a day on July 24 when the figure was 663. Hospitals admitted more than 10,528 dengue patients so far this year and of them, 7,849 returned home after receiving treatment. A total of 643 people affected by dengue were admitted to different hospitals in Dhaka, including 233 to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Private hospitals and clinics received 206 dengue patients in the same period. At least 23 people have died from the mosquito-borne disease so far this year, according to a bdnews24.com count, though the official record has put the death toll at eight. Experts fear the actual number of dengue patients is much higher as all of them are not recorded officially. Outside the capital, eight dengue cases were recorded in the districts under Dhaka Division, 27 in Chattogram and five in Sylhet in the 24 hours to Saturday morning. The health directorate recorded 390 dengue cases across Bangladesh, including 374 in the capital in the previous 24 hours. Hospitals in Dhaka are packed with dengue patients so much amid the outbreak that their relatives have to rush from one hospital to another to get their loved ones urgent medical attention. The government hospitals, including the DMCH, are keeping dengue patients on the floors and corridors with the beds fully booked while the doctors are struggling to attend to so many patients Seventy-one dengue patients were identified in Khulna, Jhenaidah, Narail, Kushtia, Meherpur and Bagerhat districts in the first 22 days of July. Of them, 24 patients are undergoing treatment at Khulna Medical College Hospital, nine at Khulna City Medical College Hospital, and three at Gazi Medical Hospital. The rest were sent home after treatment. According to Khulna Divisional Health Office, no-one died of dengue in the division this year. Dr Ferdousi Akter, assistant director of Khulna Health Department, said a dengue cell was opened on July 3 and so far, 71 cases were confirmed. She suggested taking patients to hospital immediately if they have fever but noted that not all hospitals are equipped to conduct dengue tests. Khulna Civil Surgeon Dr Md Atiar Rahman Sheikh said 116 medical teams have been formed. "A medical team is working in each union. No dengue cases were found at the upazila level. The teams are also raising awareness," he added. Meanwhile, doctors identified at least six dengue patients until Saturday afternoon in the district. Five of them are being treated at the Sadar Hospital. The patients are Hossain Ahmed of Charmonasa, Rokeya Begum and Hridoy Ahmed of the Sadar upazila, schoolboy Famid Hossain from the municipality area, Mahabubur Rahman of Laharkandi, and Mahfuzur Rahman of West Laxmipur.

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