Malaysia

People in flood-hit states advised to help prevent dengue

January 03, 2013

Motorists ride motorcycles through a flooded street in Rantau Panjang. – Reuters picMotorists ride motorcycles through a flooded street in Rantau Panjang. – Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, Jan 3 – The Health Ministry today advised people affected by the recent floods in the states to organise ‘gotong-royong’ (community self-help) programmes within a week to get rid of collected water than can breed the Aedes mosquito which carries the dengue virus.

Deputy Director-General of Health (Public Health) Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim Sulaiman said the ministry hoped that the local community would help the government and private agencies as well as non-governmental organisations to keep dengue fever at bay.

He said a total of 21,900 cases of dengue fever were reported in 2012, up from the 19,884 in 2011.

“Thirty-five deaths from dengue fever were reported in 2012 compared to 36 in 2011,” he added.

Lokman said monitoring by the ministry in 2012 indicated that 86 per cent of the Aedes breeding grounds were found outside living quarters. – Bernama