THERE has been an encouraging drop in the number of dengue cases reported in the first four months of the year, State Health Committee Chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon says.
He said a total of 1,731 cases, with four deaths, were reported until April 30. For the same period last year, a total of 4,358 cases, with 11 deaths, were recorded.
“This is a 60.3% reduction in the number of dengue cases.
“This means all our actions such as the massive gotong-royong, focus on cleanliness, and clearing of empty premises have proved to be fruitful,” he told reporters on Monday.
Dr Mah said Perak overall is doing well in tackling the dengue issue.
However, he added, despite achieving good results, the state government will continue to put in more effort.
He said it took the state almost one year to achieve the results and bring down the number of dengue cases.
“The response and participation from the public is still lukewarm despite awareness created on the need to keep their premises and surroundings clean.
“The motto of the State Health Department is ‘Cleanliness Every Day, Every Time, and Anywhere’,” he added.
On the state government’s official visit to Kerian District from May 17 to 21, Dr Mah said health-related events have been planned for the visit.
He said besides health and eye checks, some free 450 pairs of spectacles would be provided to the needy.
“Besides that, self breast examination and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) methods will be taught as well. Since there are fishermen and rivers in the district, we are emphasising how a person can be saved in case of drowning, choking and so on,” he added.