As hospitals in the capital are swamped with people looking for dengue diagnosis, other patients are competing for the attention of the service providers.
At Mugda General Hospital, Hasina Akter said she could not get her 18-year-daughter’s blood tested even after waiting in the queue for over nearly three hours on Tuesday.
“I went there with the blood sample around 8:00am when the services begin. But people were queueing up for dengue diagnosis since 5:00am,” said Hasina, adding that her family could not afford to go to a private facility.
As the hospital’s blood testing services for non-dengue patients close at 11:00am, Hasina had to go back empty handed. Doctors eventually asked her to go to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Meanwhile, an 8-year-old boy and a 55-year-old man, who had been suffering from dengue, died yesterday in Dhaka. Two others diagnosed with dengue died in Dhaka yesterday.
With them, the unofficial death toll of the dengue outbreak is now at least 77. The government maintains that the number of deaths is 29.
At least 2,002 dengue patients got admitted to hospitals across the country in 24 hours since 8:00am Wednesday. A total of 36,668 people has contracted the mosquito-borne disease this year, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
At Mugda hospital, Director Amin Ahmed Khan said the facility was seeing the highest number of patients since its establishment in 2013.
The medicine ward, equipped to handle 60 patients, now has around 300, mostly suffering from dengue, said a doctor.
Of the 788 people admitted there on Thursday, 527 were suffering from dengue, he added.
“We have cancelled leaves of all doctors and nurses. We are trying to ensure treatment to all the patients with our limited resources,” the director said.
Liakat Hossain assistant registrar of unit-6 (medicine) at the DMCH said they were really struggling to handle the huge pressure.
Usually, around 150 patients are admitted at unit-6. But now there handling around 225 patients.
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