Health Desk--- 15 July, 2017: Six more children were admitted to hospital immediately after felling sick on Friday in Sitakunda's Tripura Para, but 51 children, hospitalised with similar symptoms, were apparently getting well.
However, nine children, who had similar symptoms, died this week at their houses in remote hilly areas in the district. They are believed to have been suffering from the same disease.
All the victims are between one and 12 years old and the symptoms include fever, rash, breathing problems, vomiting and blood in stool, said Dr Azizur Rahman Siddique, civil surgeon of Chittagong.
Of them, 13 have been admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital and the rest to Bangladesh Institute of Tropical and Infectious Disease (BITID) in Sitakunda's Fouzdarhat, he added.
Azizur said the condition of the children was improving.
The civil surgeon further said he would take an initiative to vaccinate the children.
"We will investigate why the children were not brought under vaccination and take tough action against anyone responsible for neglect, if there was any," he said.
A three-member probe committee headed by Mirsarai upazila health and family planning officer was formed and asked to submit a report in three workdays.