DHAKA (AFP) – Bangladesh is within the grip of the nation’s worst-ever dengue fever outbreak, officers mentioned on Monday (July 29), with hospitals overflowing and social media flooded with pleas for blood donors.
Eight folks have died and there have been 13,637 circumstances of the illness thus far this 12 months, with almost 1,100 folks – most of them kids – recognized within the final 24 hours, in accordance with official figures.
“This quantity is the best since we began maintaining document on dengue sufferers almost twenty years in the past,” senior Well being Ministry official Ayesha Akter advised AFP.
Native media reported that the variety of victims could possibly be a lot increased and the Amader Shomoy newspaper mentioned at the very least 30 folks had died of dengue this 12 months.
The capital Dhaka is the worst-hit, with town launching a fumigation drive to kill the Aedes mosquito, which is able to spreading devastating ailments like dengue, Zika and chikungunya.
Dengue, which causes flu-like signs, will be lethal if it develops right into a hemorrhagic fever. There isn’t any vaccine or any particular drugs to deal with dengue, in accordance with the World Well being Organisation.
An AFP correspondent visited main hospitals in Dhaka and noticed sufferers mendacity on flooring and in corridors as they waited for remedy.
The nation’s largest hospital – Dhaka Medical Faculty Hospital (DMCH) – has handled 1,858 dengue sufferers this month, in accordance with director-general AKM Nasir Uddin.
“We’ve opened a particular nook for dengue sufferers,” he advised AFP.
Docs have been working time beyond regulation to deal with the big quantity of sufferers.
“Our services are overstretched and overwhelmed. We’re struggling to manage,” a medical officer at Dhaka’s Mitford Hospital mentioned.
There have been experiences of blood banks struggling to satisfy the wants of critically sick sufferers, with appeals for blood launched on social media websites similar to Fb.
One mom mentioned she was fearful about her sick daughter, aged 4.
“Docs have executed all they may do. All I’m doing now’s calling Allah for assist,” Nasima Khatun advised AFP.