Dhaka, Aug 4 (BAN/CD): With another 1,649 hospitalised in 24 hours, dengue continues to be on the rise.
Three dengue patients, including an 11-year-old boy, died in Dhaka, Madaripur and Barishal in the last two days.
New data from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) show that 22,919 people were admitted to hospitals with dengue and 16,047 of them were released between January 1 and yesterday.
Eight of the patients died during the same period, according to the data. Sources at different hospitals, however, put the death toll at 52.
Yesterday, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) cancelled all leaves of the staff of city corporations and municipalities across the country, in its efforts to fight dengue, says a notice from the ministry.
Leaves of the staff of the Local Government Division have also been cancelled on the same ground, according to another ministry notice.
The order will remain in force until further notice, the notices added, asking all those already on leave to join work within 24 hours.
The notices also said the local government authorities, city corporations and different ministries took up various programmes to destroy larvae of Aedes mosquitoes which spread dengue.
The leaves have been cancelled so that the programmes are executed properly.