Health Minister Zahid Maleque
Health Minister Zahid Maleque has expressed doubt over the count of the patients who died of dengue fever at state-run Mugda General Hospital.
His reaction came after Mugda General Hospital medicine department head Dr Rubina Yasmin said at a seminar at the hospital on Wednesday that 11 people have died of dengue there."So far 424 people [with dengue fever] have received treatment here among whom 39 have been released and 11 have died," she said.
The minister who was the chief guest at the seminar contested the figure by saying that not a single dengue death in the hospital has been reported to the government. "I can happily say that not a single dengue patient died here. It's this hospital's statistics," he said.
He was immediately reminded by the doctors and nurses at the front row of the seminar that 11 people have died. The hospital authorities handed a paper containing the death statistics to the minister when he was speaking.
After reading the paper he said, ""They are saying that 11 people have died here but they couldn't determine how many died of dengue." Before the minister's speech, several doctors said that the dengue situation in the country has reached an epidemic.He, however, rejected the suggestion by saying that the outbreak was neither epidemic nor was it normal.
The government has so far recorded 23 deaths from Aedes mosquito-borne dengue disease this year and said it was reviewing the other reports while the media have listed more than 90 lives claimed by the disease.
According to the Directorate General of Health Services, the number of people hospitalized with dengue across Bangladesh this year has reached a record 32,340.
A total of 8,707 dengue patients were undergoing treatment on Wednesday morning with 2,428 new cases in the last 24 hours across the country. Hospitals in the capital and outside recorded 2,348 new dengue cases in the previous 24 hours. Meanwhile, the government has allocated Tk 515 million (51.5 crore) to help the city corporations and municipalities fight mosquitoes.
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Md Tazul Islam disclosed the information at a views-exchanging meeting with Bangladesh Climate Change Journalist Forum (BCJF) at the Secretariat on Wednesday.
Of the amount, the two Dhaka city corporations have been given Tk 75 million each while Tk 10 million has been allocated for Gazipur, Narayanganj, and Chattogram city corporations each.
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