Cold Wave:16 People Die In North

Desk Report

Published: 14 Jan 2024, 10:09 am

Representational Image

Representational Image

At least 16 people including nine children died of cold related diseases and from burns in the northern districts of the country in the last 24 hours till Saturday (January 13) morning as life in the north has become muddy with thick fog and frosty air.

The health department said that in the last 24 hours at least nine children died due to cold-related diseases and seven others died of fire while they were warming them to save from cold as a mild cold wave was sweeping in the region.

Rangpur divisional health director ABM Abu Hanif said that out of the nine cold related deaths three of them died in Rangpur,  two in each Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha and Dinajpur as the people specially children and aged are overwhelmed by the sudden onset of winter.

Rangpur Medical College Hospital’s burn unit head professor MA Hamid Palash said that 56 people were admitted to the hospital after being burnt and six of them died in the blaze in the last 24 hours.

Gaibandha’s Sundarganj municipal mayor Md Samiul Islam said that Joba Rani, 75, of the upazila died at Upazila Health Complex while she was undergoing treatment.

The Directorate General of Health Services’s Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room data show that at least one people died of cold and across the country some 3,211 people were admitted in hospitals in the last 24 hours till Saturday morning.

At least 32 people died of cold-related diseases and at least 233,322 people were admitted to hospitals since November 15, 2023, according to the official statistics.

The death record in the north was not shown in the DGHS data. If the local authority input the data to the DGHS system it would show, said control room officials.

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Meteorologist Department in its weather forecast said that the sweeping mild cold wave over Rangpur division and the districts of Rajshahi, Pabna, Naogaon, Chuadanga and Kushtia may continue for more days.

The met office forecast also said that a moderate to thick fog may occur over the country during midnight to morning and it may continue till noon at places until Tuesday morning.

Air navigation, inland river transport and road communication may disrupt temporarily due to fog. Night and day temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country until Sunday morning.

The country’s maximum temperature was recorded at 26.4 degree Celsius in Cox’s Bazar and minimum temperature was recorded at 8.8 degree Celsius in Dinajpur.

The adverse weather hit especially the low-income group people like farm workers, day labourers and rickshaw-pullers, who manage their livelihood hand to mouth. It is also forcing people to stay indoors, affecting businesses and other day to day activities.

Farm worker Nirmal Barman, 55, of Yakubpur village in Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila, said due to the bone-chilling wind that started swiping over the area for the last several days is making it much harder for them to continue their work in the cropland.

On the other hand, the number of patients, especially elderly people and children affected with different cold related diseases, has been increasing at different hospitals and clinics.

Rangpur Medical Collage Hospital officials said that about 369 children and 127 adult affected with different cold related diseases were undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Besides, over 750 more patients were treated at the hospital outdoors in the last one week.

Physicians said that children and elderly people were mostly affected by winter-related diseases, with some facing fatalities.

They said that people used to suffer clod-related diseases like pneumonia, asthma, and diarrhoea.

DGHS data showed that at least 30 people died of respiratory problems while at least 61,924 people admitted to hospital with the disease in last nearly two months.

Another 171,398 people admitted with diarrhoea and two died in the time, said DGHS.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University respiratory medicine professor Atiqur Rahman advised preventive measures, including avoiding outdoor activities, avoiding smoking and alcohol, wearing masks and clothes, and getting a pneumonia vaccination, to reduce the risks during winter.

He also asked people to follow a healthy diet and visit a doctor if they were infected somehow.

Editor & Publisher: Eliash Uddin Palash

Address: 10/22 Iqbal Road, Block A, Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207

Design & Developed By Root Soft Bangladesh