Sarawak watch out for dengue


SIBURAN: A decline of dengue cases has been recorded as of February this year, as compared to the same corresponding period last year said Assistant Minister of Public Health Datuk Dr Jerip Susil.

“We are still under control, but cannot take it for granted.”

As such here is a search of dengue in Demak Laut and areas within its vicinity due to the wet season now.

“We are now trying to source out and identify the exact hotspot following the outbreak of dengue fever in the area recently,” he told reporters after presenting the Angpau and Donation to 36 receipeints of the Chinese community in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration held at a multipurpose hall near here yesterday.

It is learnt that 15 cases of dengue were reported in the area.

“Once the medical department have identify the area, intensive campaign to control dengue cases will initiate at the affected localities, which included intensifying disease surveillance, search and destroy operation, insecticide fogging operation, application of mosquito larviciding and ‘Perdana’, gotong-royong.”

As such through the gotong royong activities, this will create an awareness towards the people on the severity of dengue infection.

He said it was important to deal with the dengue epidemic as it could pose a health hazard to the people, therefore all parties are to cooperate in effort to eradicate this outbreak.

“We have form a dengue taskforce last year, hence this taskforce will be on the alert at all times,” he said.

Jerip pointed that this is one of the few cases in Kuching which recorded a sudden shot up of dengue cases due to the current wet season. –