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45% spike in dengue cases

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PUTRAJAYA: There has been a 45% spike in dengue fever cases nationwide over the past week.

Health Director-General Datuk Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 3,124 cases were recorded last week, compared to 2,164 cases the period before.

He said the alarming spike shows an urgent need for a concerted effort to stop the disease.

“It requires the cooperation of everyone to reduce the number of dengue cases,” he said.

There have been 94 deaths from dengue so far. This is a 324% increase – there were 29 deaths in the same period last year.

“We had an average of 2,000 to 2,500 cases a week in January and February,” said Dr Noor Hisham.

The number of cases dropped to between 1,200 and 1,900 a week from March to May. But last month saw a rise – 2,000 to 3,000 cases weekly.

About 66% of the country-wide cases were in the Klang Valley.

Factors behind the increasing cases include climate, improper rubbish disposal and failure to destroy mosquito breeding grounds.

Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry will be working more closely with local councils and other agencies to eradicate the breeding grounds.

He said the public must also do their bit, such as ensuring their homes were free from areas of stagnant water and that their rubbish was properly disposed of.

He stressed that the most effective method of fighting the Aedes mosquito was to destroy its breeding areas.

“Fogging only kills the adult mosquito but does not affect the larvae and breeding grounds,” Dr Noor Hashim said.

Anyone who needs assistance or wants to report a matter involving dengue should call 03-8881-0200. The line is manned from 8am to 5pm daily and on public holidays.

For updates, statistics and other information on dengue, go to the CPRC Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia facebook page at www.facebook.com/kkmcprc.

via 45% spike in dengue cases – Nation | The Star Online.

Dengue control measures not up to the mark

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File photo: A municipal council worker dispenses insecticide using a fogging machine during a dengue prevention spraying in Ampang, in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur. AFP/ MOHD RASFAN

 

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam has called on local authorities in Selangor to “wake up to the reality” of the increasing number of dengue cases, and immediately remedy the waste disposal problems and that he said are leading a spike in the mosquito population.

READ: Malaysia facing dengue epidemic

“At the present moment, the level of dengue control activity shown by local authorities particularly in Selangor including MPPJ (Petaling Jaya), MPSJ (Subang Jaya) and Shah Alam is not up to the mark,” the Malaysian Indian Congress Member of Parliament said in a statement on Sunday (July 20).

“They should probably reduce their other activities and concentrate on dengue control activities for the next two months. Our figure shows that most of the local authorities are only reaching about 15 to 20 per cent of the expected number of activities. This is one of the reasons why the number of dengue cases is increasing in Selangor.”

Dr Subramaniam accompanied Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on a visit of dengue-hit areas of the opposition-held state on Saturday. For the year up to July 17, 50,804 cases of dengue had been reported in Malaysia, with 94 deaths recorded, according to Bernama.

“WAKE UP TO REALITY”

On Sunday, the Health Minister specifically called on the local authorities to concentrate on facilitating the disposal of solid waste, which he said is currently “a very poor state”, leading to the breeding of mosquitoes.

“The collection of refuse rubbish and their disposal is not done according to the set routine and set programme; and as a result there has been environmental pollution, and this has increased the risk of the breeding of mosquitoes. It is high time the Selangor state government and the local authorities give serious thoughts to their solid waste disposable programme, identify its weaknesses and remedy it immediately,” he said.

“I would suggest to the Selangor state government to come out with an interim measure to increase the efficiency of solid waste disposal for the next two months. Failure to do this will further increase the risk of the disease spreading.

“I hope the Selangor state government and the local authorities will wake up to this reality and start fulfilling their responsibilities so that the people would not be exposed to unnecessary danger.”

via Dengue control measures not up to the mark: Malaysian Health Minister – Channel NewsAsia.

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