Called one of the worst dengue breakouts in Dhaka, the crisis is escalating as more are hit with the mosquito-borne disease.
13 students in Dhaka University, out of the 168 in total, have been marked dengue-positive, reports the Dhaka Tribune.
The positive reports came on the first day that the university’s medical center installed a dengue detection machine which provided the students with a free blood test to check their platelet count.
Speaking to the Dhaka Tribue, Dr Sarwar Jahan, chief medical officer of the Dhaka University Medical Center (DUMC) said, “Both the blood platelet count and dengue identification can be done here for students free of cost. The daily capacity of the device is 150. It is operated by the Bangladesh Association of Clinical Biochemists.”
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The machine was brought in on Sunday, 28 July, amidst the growing dengue concern in Dhaka to tackle the lack of testing machines.
Fear gripped university students as a draft count by them claimed that approximately 150 students, who stayed on campus, showed signs of dengue.
This led to students and the leftist student wing Bangladesh Chhatra Union DU chapter asking for the university campus to shut down to prevent the spread of dengue.
"“Dengue and floods has spread across the country. How can we leave our students in such a situation as we are their present guardians?”" - Proffesor M Akhtaruzzaman, Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University told Dhaka Tribune.
This is a developing story, and officials are trying to contain the spread of dengue.
(With inputs from Dhaka Tribune. )
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