A housewife and a local politician died of dengue early Sunday as 1,299 new patients were hospitalised with the mosquito-borne fever across Bangladesh in 24 hours until Sunday morning.
The deceased have been identified as Fazlur Rahman, 55, organising secretary of Gopalganj district unit of Awami League, and Sumi Akhter, 30, a housewife from Shibpur, Madaripur.
The family of the politician alleged that their patient had not received necessary treatment at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital.
‘We did not get timely emergency treatment at the DMCH,’ said Al Fayed Nobel, niece of Fazlu.
He alleged that there was no doctor to attend to Fazlu as he was admitted in a critical condition Friday night.
Fazlu had breathing problem at the time of hospitalisation, he said.
It was not until next morning that Fazlu had the luck to be seen by a doctor, he said.
‘The DMCH could not care less about treating my uncle,’ said Nobel.
New Age could not get a comment on the matter from DMCH authorities despite several attempts.
He further complained that though treatment meant to be free at the DMCH, every dengue patient was forced to pay Tk 500 to hospital staff.
News agency United News of Bangladesh reported that Sumi Akhter died of dengue while being shifted from Shibpur to a hospital in Dhaka.
The news agency quoting Shibpur police station’s officer-in-charge Abul Kalam Azad said that Sumi died at the Mawa ferry terminal at around 1:30 am.
Diagnosed with dengue on August 20, Sumi had initially been taken to the upazila sadar hospital where doctors recommended shifting her to Dhaka for better treatment.
Sumi’s case is yet another reminder of dengue patients not being handled carefully. Experts are against transferring critical dengue patients for they require constant attention from physician.
Since January, 63,514 people were hospitalised across the country with dengue fever.
Until Sunday there were 5,940 dengue patients receiving treatment at hospitals around Bangladesh, including 3,268 cases hospitalised in the capital.
Government agency Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research confirmed 47 deaths due to the viral fever until Sunday. The IEDCR is currently investigating 89 other deaths reported to have been caused by the fever.
The deaths are mostly reported in Dhaka.
The World Health Organisation says early detection followed by proper medical care could keep the fatality rate due to the viral disease below one per cent.