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Aug 01, 2019
11:05AM

Bangladesh struggles to cope with Dengue outbreak with shortage of testing kits

AIR PIC

A shortage of the NS1 kit forDengue testing is reported from hospitals and private diagnostic centres inDhaka.

According to Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) govt hadimported 40 thousand NS1 kits this year which is proving inadequate to meet thespiralling demand. Another 50 thousand kits are being imported on an emergencybasis. WHO is also expected to provide 1 lakh NS1 kits for dengue testing tothe government of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh is struggling to copewith an unprecedented outbreak of Dengue across the country with more than17,000 people being infected with the virus this year.

According to latestreports Dengue has now been reported from all the districts of Bangladesh.Official figures put the death toll at 14 though reports indicate that morethan 40 people have died due to Dengue in various parts of the country.

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