DHAKA: Bangladesh is within the grip of the nation’s worst-ever dengue fever outbreak, officers mentioned Monday, 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 to date this yr, with almost 1,100 folks — most of them youngsters — identified within the final 24 hours, in accordance with official figures.
“This quantity is the very best since we began holding report on dengue sufferers almost 20 years in the past,” senior well being ministry official Ayesha Akter informed AFP.
Native media reported that the variety of victims might be a lot larger and the Amader Shomoy newspaper mentioned no less than 30 folks had died of dengue this yr.
The capital Dhaka is the worst-hit, with the 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 medication 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 School Hospital (DMCH) — has handled some 1,858 dengue sufferers this month, in accordance with director basic A.Ok.M Nasir Uddin.
“We’ve got opened a particular nook for dengue sufferers,” he informed AFP.
Medical doctors 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 severely ailing sufferers, with appeals for blood launched on social media websites comparable to Fb.
One mom mentioned she was fearful about her sick daughter, aged 4.
“Medical doctors have achieved all they might do. All I’m doing now could be calling Allah for assist,” Nasima Khatun informed AFP.
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