Another 506 patients were hospitalised with dengue in 24 hours till Thursday morning. Of the new patients, 367 were admitted to different hospitals in Dhaka and 139 outside it. A total of 1,874 dengue patients, including 1,427 in the capital, are now receiving treatment at hospitals across the country. This year’s death toll from the mosquito-borne disease in Bangladesh rose to 55 on Wednesday with another death reported from Chattogram. Read: 440 more hospitalised with Dengue in 24 hrs Of the total deaths, 27 were reported from Dhaka division, 24 from Chattogram and four from Barishal division. On June 21, the DGHS reported the first death of the season from the viral disease. This year, the directorate has recorded 15,852 dengue cases and 13,923 recoveries so far.
Another 96 dengue patients were hospitalised across the country in 24 hours till Monday morning, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). Among them, 69 patients were hospitalised in Dhaka while 27 in other places, it said. As many as 397 dengue patients including 327 in the capital are now receiving treatment at hospitals across the country. On Thursday, this year's death toll from the mosquito-borne viral disease rose to 16 with one more death reported from Dhaka. Among the total deaths, 10 were reported from Cox’s Bazar while six from Dhaka. On June 21, the DGHS reported the first death of the season from the viral disease. In July, the country reported 1,571 dengue cases with nine deaths. This year, the DGHS has recorded 3,855 dengue cases and 3,442 recoveries so far.
The country confirmed 53 more dengue – a viral infection – cases in the 24 hours to Friday morning. Fifty new patients were admitted to the hospitals of Dhaka and three outside it, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). Three hundred and forty-six dengue patients, including 274 in the capital, are now receiving treatment at hospitals across the country. Read: 53 new dengue patients hospitalised in 24 hrs Thursday, this year's death toll from the mosquito-borne viral disease rose to 16 with one more death reported from Dhaka. Of all the deceased, 10 were reported from Cox's Bazar and six from Dhaka. On June 21, the DGHS reported the first death of the season from the viral disease. In July, it recorded 1,571 dengue cases and nine deaths. This year, the DGHS has recorded 3,551 dengue cases and 3,189 recoveries so far.
Another 79 dengue patients were hospitalised in 24 hours till Monday morning, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). Among them, 59 patients were hospitalised in Dhaka while the 20 in other places, it said. As many as 360 dengue patients including 286 in the capital are now receiving treatment at hospitals across the country. On Sunday, this year’s death toll from the mosquito-borne viral disease rose to 15 with one more death reported from Cox’s Bazar. Read: Mild heat wave sweeps parts of country Among the total deaths, ten were reported from Cox’s Bazar while five from Dhaka. On June 21, the DGHS reported the first death of the season from the viral disease. In July, the country reported 1,571 dengue cases with nine deaths. This year, the DGHS has recorded 3,263 dengue cases and 2,888 recoveries so far.
Rebels attacked a hospital in Congo and killed at least 13 people, including infants and patients, according to hospital and military officials. The Congolese army said three attackers were killed when the military intervened. Also read:Suicide bomber attacks bar in eastern Congo, killing 6 Some hospital staff are missing and several houses were burned in the attack Thursday night on the medical center in Lume, North Kivu province. It's the largest health facility in the region. Among those killed in the attack were three infants and four patients, hospital chief Kule Bwenge told reporters. “Four blocks of the medical center were set on fire. Several sick guards, as well as a nurse, are missing,” he said. The reason for targeting the hospital was unclear. In the nearby village of Kidolo, four other people were killed with machetes and shot, apparently as part of the same attack. North Kivu military spokesman Anthony Mualushayi said the attackers were Mai-Mai militia members from the Dido group. In addition to the attackers who were killed, one was captured in the ensuing clashes, he said. But local civic groups accused rebels of the Uganda-based Allied Democratic Forces, or ADF, of carrying out the attack. ADF rebels have been active in eastern Congo for decades and have killed thousands in the region since they resurfaced in 2013. Other attacks were reported last week in the nearby towns of Bulongo and Kilya, also in North Kivu. North Kivu is in eastern Congo and borders Uganda and Rwanda. Eastern Congo sees daily threats from armed groups battling for the region’s rich mineral wealth, which the world mines for electric cars, laptops and mobile phones.
A total of 29 new dengue patients were hospitalised in 24 hours till Friday morning amid a rise in the mosquito-borne disease in Bangladesh, authorities said. All the new patients were hospitalised in Dhaka division, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). As many as 121 dengue patients, including 113 in the capital, are now receiving treatment at hospitals across the country. The dengue cases are rising in the capital allegedly due to insufficient measures taken by the two Dhaka city corporations for preventing mosquito-borne diseases like dengue. On June 21, the DGHS reported the first death of the season from the mosquito-borne viral disease. This year, the DGHS has recorded 1,376 dengue cases and 1,254 recoveries so far. Dengue – a leading cause of serious illness and death in some Asian and Latin American countries – was first reported in Bangladesh in 2000 and claimed 93 lives. In three years, the fatality number almost fell to zero. However, 105 dengue patients, including 95 in Dhaka division, died in 2021. Dengue is found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide, mostly in urban and semi-urban areas. Read: Dengue: 31 cases reported in Dhaka in 24 hrs, 5 in other districts About 4 billion people, almost half of the world's population, live in areas with a risk of dengue, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each year, up to 400 million people get infected with dengue while approximately 100 million get sick from infection, and 40,000 die from severe dengue, it says. "There is no specific treatment for dengue or severe dengue. Early detection of disease progression associated with severe dengue, and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates of severe dengue to below 1 per cent," according to the World Health Organization.
Eighty per cent of the total Covid-19 patients in the country were infected with Delta variant while 20 per cent with Omicron during December 8, 2021-January 8, 2022, says a study. Supervisor of the Genome Sequencing Research Project Professor Dr Md Sharfuddin Ahmed, Vice Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), on Tuesday revealed the findings of an ongoing survey at a press briefing. The survey is being conducted by a BSMMU team, led by Dr Laila Anjuman Banu, a professor of Genetics and Molecular Biology and chair of the Department of Anatomy, collecting samples of patients across the country from June 29, 2021 to January 8, this year, he said. “From the data found, we fear a multiplied surge in the number of Omicron cases in the country in the current month,“ said Dr Sharfuddin. Nasopharyngeal samples of total 769 patients as representative samples from each division of the country were collected for genome sequencing during the period. READ: Delta variant Covid patients account for 98% in Bangladesh: BSMMU “Some of the Omicron infected patients received two doses of vaccines while a few of them re-infected for the third time with the Delta variant,” the professor added. Hospitalised patients were not found infected with Omicorn and it might be due to mild symptoms of Omicorn infected patients, he said. Dr Sharfuddin went on saying, “As patients with mild symptoms are less likely to get them tested for Covid-19, we think there are more Omicron patients in the country who have remained undetected till now.” From July to December’s first week in 2021, 99.31 per cent patients tested positive with Delta variant while one each sample was of Alpha or UK variant, Beta or South African variant and 20 B variant, according to the genome sequencing data. According to the survey findings, most of the patients were aged between 21 to 58 years, and children were also infected with Covid-19, revealing that they are not immune to Covid infections. The mortality rate was found high among the Covid-19 patients with comorbidities like cancer, respiratory disease, heart disease and diabetes. Patients aged above 60 are more likely to die if contracted with the virus for the second time, the study shows. READ: Omicron v. delta: Battle of coronavirus mutants is critical The results revealed today were from the findings of six months and 15 days. The ongoing research of the BSMMU team aims to create a Covid-19 genome database of Bangladesh, revealing its characteristics, mutation types and its interrelation with the global Covid-19 genome data. Prof Sharfuddin Ahmed said they are hopeful of updating the results of the coming weeks soon.
Even though there are top-notch doctors in Bangladesh, many people fly abroad for treatment as they cannot rely on the local medical systems, according to both healthcare experts and patients. In some cases, they said, the patients find the medical treatment relatively more cost-effective in some countries than hospitals in Bangladesh. "The behaviour of health workers, including physicians also matters…it’s very important to me as others,” said Mujibur Rahman, a retired engineer. According to healthcare observers, mismanagement, shortage of manpower and poor waste management system, widespread corruption, and irregularities, staff’s insincerity and casual monitoring by the authorities concerned are the major obstacles to ensuring quality treatment and patient-friendly environment in the country’s almost all public and private hospitals. They said the country’s healthcare system needs a complete overhaul to ensure quality treatment and diagnoses at local hospitals and diagnostic centres to discourage people from going abroad for treatment and check huge foreign currency from going down the drain every year. Talking to UNB, former World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Advisor Muzaherul Huq, former director (disease control) of DGHS Be-Nazir Ahmed, and public health expert MH Chowdhury (Lenin) made the observations. Growing outbound-medical tourists According to a report carried by the Times of India on Jul 24 this year, a huge majority of medical tourists — 54.3% — who visited India last year were from Bangladesh, followed by 9% from Iraq, 8% from Afghanistan, 6% from the Maldives and 4.5% from a group of African nations. Citing the data released by the Indian Union Tourism Ministry, the report also said Bangladesh accounted for 23.6% of medical tourists in 2009, while the Maldives had the highest share at 57.5%. While Bangladesh’s share increased, that of the Maldives went down in the last 10 years. A recent survey report of the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) said a large portion of people travel to different countries from Bangladesh mainly for treatment. Among the outbound tourists from Bangladesh in the 2018-19 financial year, it said, 60.41 percent went to India alone. The BBS report said 29 percent of the total Bangladeshi tourists abroad spent money on receiving treatment in different countries. In the 2018-19 FY, Bangladeshis spent Tk 9,933 crore on treatment abroad while the total expenditure by the outbound tourists was Tk. 33,680 crore. According to Bangladesh Outbound Tour Operators Forum, on average eight lakh people go abroad for treatment every year from Bangladesh while India is the most favourite destination for them. The other major destinations of Bangladeshi medical tourists are Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. Many rich people also go to the USA, The UK and Dubai for treatment. Experts, however, said the actual figures of Bangladeshis outbound-medical tourists and their expenditure are much higher. Possible reasons Dr Be-Nazir Ahmed said there are many good hospitals and qualified doctors in Bangladesh, but all hospitals cannot ensure quality treatment. “There’re many skilled doctors and quality hospitals, mainly in Dhaka. But the country’s many districts lack quality hospitals and doctors. More worrying is that, many doctors compromise with medicine companies and the hospitals as they prescribe unnecessary tests and medicines, causing public trust deficiency,” he said. The expert said many people have a negative impression that they may get deceived or subjected to wrong treatment and excessive medical bills for many critical diseases if they go to private hospitals in Bangladesh. “That’s why many people prefer to go abroad, including India, for treatment.” Besides, he said, there is a serious problem that many doctors in Bangladesh are not ready to properly communicate with their patients as they find it unnecessary. READ: Hits 'keep coming': Hospitals struggle as COVID beds fill “Actually, many patients get the similar treatment going all the way to India. Still, they’re happy as doctors there are polite and give due attention to them,” Dr Be-Nazir observed. He said the treatment cost is relatively cheaper in the neighbouroing country. “The quality of their diagnostic centres is better than ours. We’ve many labs where proper tests are not possible.” Besides, the expert said, some people, mainly the rich ones, consider receiving treatment overseas as a matter of prestige. “Our many politicians and government officials go abroad for the treatment of simple diseases, giving people a wrong message about the country’s healthcare system." Prof Muzaherul Huq said there is a shortage of doctors, nurses, cleaners, medical technologists and other health workers in many government and private hospitals. “So, patients are denied their rights to receive proper treatment. More importantly, they aren’t happy with the services at the local hospitals.” “We’ve world-class doctors, but we’re losing huge money as many people go abroad for treatment as they cannot rely on the country’s healthcare system,” he observed. Dr Lenin, chairman of the medicine department at the Health and Hope Hospital, said many people go abroad for treatment mainly to avoid mismanagement, hassles and sufferings in both private and public hospitals in the country. He said the medical expenses in many Indian hospitals are less than in Bangladesh. “The cost of quality treatment is much higher in private hospitals in Bangladesh. “There’re irregularities and mismanagement when it comes to medical bills in private hospitals.” Overhauling health sector Dr Be-Nazir said the government should now focus on overhauling the health sector rigorously with a master plan to improve the healthcare system and services of both private and public hospitals. “Proper training is necessary for our doctors to improve their communication skills and professional attitude.” Besides, he said, the government should prepare a policy for the private healthcare sector to keep their services affordable and force them to maintain quality. “Our politicians, high government officials go abroad for checkups or treatment. They can avail of such services here. It’ll help boost people’s confidence in local hospitals,” the expert said. He said most private hospitals in Bangladesh lack professionalism as they give focus only on making money instead of improving services. “The manpower at the DGHS must be increased to enhance their capacity to monitor both the private and public hospitals properly.” Dr Lenin said a full-fledged authority is now imperative to monitor and help flourish the private health sector and ensure people-friendly, quality and cost-effective services. He said the government should bring the private health sector under a legal framework to enhance its quality, professionalism and restore people’s confidence in it. READ: Khaleda’s condition worsens again in hospital: Fakhrul A senior journalist who was hospitalized twice in one year said ensuring hospital hygiene is also very important to attract patients by local medical facilities as hospitals in India are doing. “Whatever we do we need to do with sincerity. No one can deny the fact that patients always look for more compassion than commodified services.”
Hospitals across the country are struggling to cope with burnout among doctors, nurses and other workers, already buffeted by a crush of patients from the ongoing surge of the COVID-19 delta variant and now bracing for the fallout of another highly transmissible mutation. Ohio became the latest state to summon the National Guard to help overwhelmed medical facilities. Experts in Nebraska warned that its hospitals soon may need to ration care. Medical officials in Kansas and Missouri are delaying surgeries, turning away transfers and desperately trying to hire traveling nurses, as cases double and triple in an eerie reminder of last year's holiday season. READ: Global Covid cases top 273 million “There is no medical school class that can prepare you for this level of death," said Dr. Jacqueline Pflaum-Carlson, an emergency medicine specialist at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. “The hits just keep coming.” The national seven-day average of COVID-19 hospital admissions was 60,000 by Wednesday, far off last winter's peak but 50% higher than in early November, the government reported. The situation is more acute in cold-weather regions, where people are increasingly gathering inside and new infections are piling up. New York state reported Saturday that slightly more than 21,900 people had tested positive for COVID-19 the day before, a new high since tests became widely available. Consequences of the latest surge have been swift in New York City: The Rockettes Christmas show was scratched for the season; some Broadway shows canceled performances because of outbreaks among cast members; and “Saturday Night Live” announced it was taping without a live audience and with only limited cast and crew. “We are in a situation where we are now facing a very important delta surge and we are looking over our shoulder at an oncoming omicron surge," Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, said of the two COVID-19 variants. READ: Pfizer tests extra COVID shot for kids under 5 in setback At AdventHealth Shawnee Mission, a hospital near Kansas City, Missouri, chief medical officer Dr. Lisa Hays said the emergency department is experiencing backups sometimes lasting for days. “The beds are not the issue. It’s the nurses to staff the beds. ... And it’s all created by rising COVID numbers and burnout," Hays said. “Our nurses are burnt out.” Experts attribute most of the rise in cases and hospitalizations to infections among people who have not been inoculated against the coronavirus. The government says 61% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated. Dr. Steve Stites, chief medical officer at University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, Kansas, said the “pandemic of the unvaccinated” continues to swamp the hospital and its workers. “There’s no place to go. Our staff are tired. We’re going to run out of travelers," Stites said, referring to visiting health care workers, “and omicron is at our doorstep. This is a tornado warning to our community.” Ohio's National Guard deployment is one of the largest seen during the pandemic, with more than 1,000 members sent to beleaguered hospitals especially in the Akron, Canton and Cleveland areas. As of Friday, 4,723 people in the state were hospitalized with the coronavirus, a number last seen about a year ago, Gov. Mike DeWine said. Some staffers were taking only short breaks before punching in for second shifts, he added. Health systems elsewhere that are doing somewhat better are nervously eyeing the arrival of the omicron variant and girding themselves for the impact. Nebraska officials said hospitals might have to put some care on hold to make room for COVID-19 patients. While case numbers are down from the state's pandemic peak, they could rebound rapidly, and bed availability remains tight because of patients with non-virus ailments. “It may be likely that omicron will cause a giant surge, and honestly we can’t handle that right now,” said Dr. Angela Hewlett of Nebraska Medicine in Omaha. At Los Angeles’ Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, just 17 coronavirus patients were being treated there Friday, a small fraction of the hospital’s worst stretch. Nurse manager Edgar Ramirez said his co-workers are weary but better prepared if a wave hits. “The human factor of having that fear is always going to be there,” Ramirez said. “I tell our crew, ‘We have to talk through this. We have to express ourselves.’ Otherwise it’s going to tough.” Twin sisters Linda Calderon and Natalie Balli, 71, had planned to get vaccinated but delayed it until it was too late. Now they're on oxygen in the same room at Providence Holy Cross, their beds separated by just a few feet. “We kept saying, ‘we’ll do it tomorrow.’ But tomorrow never came,” Calderon said as she watched her sister struggle to breathe. “We really regret not getting the shots, because if we did, we wouldn’t be like this right now.” Pflaum-Carlson, the doctor at Detroit's Henry Ford Health, made a public plea for people to get the shots both for their benefit and for those toiling on the frontlines of care. Eighty percent of the roughly 500 COVID-19 patients at the system's five hospitals were unvaccinated, “Have a little grace and consideration in how devastating things are right now,” she said.
Seventy-five new dengue patients were hospitalised in 24 hours until Monday morning, health authorities said. The number of fatalities from the mosquito-borne disease remained unchanged at 98 in the current year as no fresh death was reported during the period, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). Of the deceased, 90 people have died in Dhaka division alone, two each in Chattogram, Mymensingh and Khulna divisions and one each in Rajshahi and Barishal divisions. Dhaka reported 60 new patients undergoing treatment in hospitals in Dhaka while the remaining 15 cases have been reported from outside the division. Also read: Dengue: 74 more patients hospitalised in 24 hrs Some 392 patients diagnosed with dengue are receiving treatment in the country as of Monday. Of them, 285 patients are receiving treatment at different hospitals in the capital while the remaining 107 were listed outside Dhaka. Since January, some 27,153 patients have been admitted to different hospitals with dengue in the country. So far, 26, 663 dengue patients have left hospitals after recovery, said DGHS. Also read: Dengue: 87 more patients hospitalised in 24 hrs