THE threat of dengue continues to loom over Perak, with reported dengue cases rising to a new high of 2,885 cases and 10 deaths in the first nine weeks of 2015.
State health director Datuk Dr Nordiyanah Hassan said this showed a 125.4% increase in comparison to the same period last year.
“Kinta district remains the worst hit in the state, as the district saw five deaths,” she said.
Dr Nordiyanah said the recent hot spell is one of the main factors that allows mosquitoes to breed and remain active.
“The rainy season has just passed, and any place that contains stagnant rain water will allow these insects to thrive easily.
“The community needs to understand that dengue is a dangerous and possibly fatal illness, but it can be easily avoided if we maintain the cleanliness of our residences and eradicate their breeding grounds,” she said after the launch of the state level World Cancer Day 2015 campaign at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Recreational Park (Polo Ground) recently.
Seeing that Kinta district still records a staggering number of dengue cases, Dr Nordiyanah advised the public to dispose of trash responsibly.
“This is because dumpsites with polystyrene containers is another contributing factor to the increase in dengue cases.
“Please do not wait until it is too late to act,” she said.
Speaking on the cancer awareness campaign, Dr Nordiyanah also advised the public to start doing health check-ups frequently as early detection of cancer could save lives.
“It is also important to lead a healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet, which includes cutting down on fatty food and red meat,” she said.
More than 1,000 people participated in the campaign, which featured an aerobics session and a 10,000 steps walk around the park.
Information booths were set up to educate the public on various kinds of cancer, dengue, the risks of smoking and more.