A total of 27 people affected with dengue virus including a doctor, a police, and a Dhaka University student are undergoing treatment at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH). All of them got the mosquito-borne disease during their visit to the capital, said doctors at RMCH.
Meantime, a total of 21 persons have been admitted at Rangpur Medical College Hospital with fever, caused by dengue virus, in last 8 days. According to hospital record, most of the affected are either student or private firm employee. They carried the disease to the divisional town from Dhaka.
Doctors at both Rajshahi and Rangpur medical college hospitals are now in fear of a massive outbreak of the disease in northern regions during the upcoming Eid holidays –when a large number of people usually leave Dhaka for their ancestral home to celebrate the second largest Muslim festival.
Police constable Atik Hasan was being treated at RMCH intensive care unit (ICU). He had recently visited the capital on official duty. He returned from the capital with the fever, and eventually got himself admitted at Pabna Medical College Hospital. Afterwards, as his condition got worse, he was shifted to RMCH in Rajshahi.
Dr Moniruzzaman, another patient at RMCH, came to Dhaka for attending an examination. Symptoms of the disease became visible as he returned to Rajshahi. Presently, he is being treated in doctors’ cabin at RMCH.
Noor Sajia Hira, a ninth grader from Bagha Upazila, is presently under treatment at RMCH. She was brought to RMCH on Thursday.
Muslima Khatun, Hira’s mother, said that they went to Dhaka on July 13, and returned home on July 21. Subsequently, she was diagnosed with the fever.
A total of 38 patients got admitted at the RMCH so far; 11 of these patients had been released after treatment. “All the remaining patients are gradually getting better,” said Dr Saiful Ferdous, Deputy Director at RMCH.
Dr Sultan Ahmed, Director at Rangpur Medical College Hospital, said his patients were out of danger, and improving gradually as well.