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Published: Saturday January 12, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday April 22, 2013 MYT 5:34:50 PM

Five areas in Kuantan at risk of dengue outbreak

KUANTAN: The authorities have identified five areas in Kuantan which are susceptible to dengue fever in view of the present rainy season.

Pahang Health, Local Governmn-ent and Environment Committee chairman, Datuk Hoh Khai Mun, said the five areas were Ind- era Mahkota, Kubang Buaya, Cenderawasih, Jalan Haji Ahmad/Sekilau and Alor Akar.

“We urge residents in these areas to be more vigilant and ensure their homes and surroundings are free of mosquito breeding grounds.

“Due to the wet season, rainwater may accumulate and provide a conducive environment for mosquitoes to multiply,” he told a press conference at his office here.

Also present was Semambu assemblyman, Datuk Pang Tsu Ming.

Hoh, who is the Bilut assemblyman, said due to the recent floods in Kuantan, seven cases of dengue fever was recorded in Peramu in less than one week.

He said the public should co-operate and carry out gotong-royong activities with the authorities to clean up the surroundings regularly.

“So far, only 296 gotong-royong programmes have been conducted statewide but more should be carried out.

“In terms of Combi monitoring teams, there are 71 active squads and we hope more will be set up in all housing estates in the state,” he said, adding that Kuantan would host the national-level Combi convention in May this year.

Hoh said statistics in 2011 showed there were 894 dengue fever cases recorded with one death.

In comparison, he said there was a drop of 28.3% in number of cases last year to 641 cases with one death.

“Kuantan recorded the highest number of cases with 404, followed by Temerloh (74), Maran (34), Bentong (28), Pekan (27), Rompin (22), Bera (20), Jerantut (16), Lipis (11), Raub (four) and Cameron Highlands (one).

“A total of 860,791 fogging activities were carried out while 321,289 premises were inspected by the authorities,” he said.

Hoh said for the whole of last year, a total of 1,960 compounds were issued after larvaes were detected in the premises.

Tags / Keywords: Community, News, Family & Community, Health, Pahang Health, Local Governmnent and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Hoh Khai Mun, dengue

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