Siblings grieve loss due to dengue


Chong Kee (left) and Tong Guan with the donation received during the visit by state leaders.

GAU Chong Kee, 69, lost his younger brother Tong Sun, 62, to dengue.

His brother, an odd-job worker died at Penang Hospital on Feb 1 after he was transferred from Bukit Mertajam Hospital on Jan 29.

Chong Kee said his brother, who was single, had been staying with him in Taman Makok, Jalan Padang Lalang.

He said Tong Sun had felt giddy and complained of tiredness before he was sent to Bukit Mertajam Hospital.

“When I rushed him to Bukit Mertajam Hospital, the doctor there told me his condition was serious and had to be transferred to Penang Hospital.

“It shocked me that after several days of treatment, my brother passed away due to dengue fever,” he said.

Chong Kee and another younger brother Tong Guan, 57, received RM1,000 from Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at a coffee shop in Kampung Permatang Ara, Permatang Pauh on Sunday.

State Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin, who was present, said dengue cases in Penang had dropped this year, with 214 cases reported from January to Feb 4 compared to 907 cases recorded during the same period last year.

“There were two dengue deaths compared to seven reported in the same period last year,” he said.

He added that there were 29 dengue cases reported during the fifth week of the year from Jan 29 to Feb 4, compared to 48 cases recorded in the previous week.

Last year, a total of 2,576 cases were reported compared to 5,830 cases in 2015.

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