JOHOR BARU: Johor recorded a total of 9,722 dengue fever cases from January to Oct 10 this year, an increase of 9% compared to 8,903 cases last year during the same period.
Johor health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said a total of 35 dengue-related deaths were also reported this year, compared to 23 for the same period last year.
“A total of 5,151 cases from the 9,722 occurred within dengue hotspots, ” he added.
He said among the districts that recorded the highest number of dengue cases were Johor Baru with 7,831, Kulai (477), Kluang (248), Segamat (249), Batu Pahat (226), Kota Tinggi (192), Muar (152), Mersing (132), Pontian (118) and Tangkak (97).
Vidyananthan said the main cause for the increase in dengue cases was poor environmental cleanliness and irresponsible disposal of rubbish, making such places breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
“To prevent dengue, all must work together to keep their surroundings clean.
“Make sure there is no stagnant water anywhere in your premises, both inside and outside.
“Each household is urged to spend at least 10 minutes a week to clear potential breeding spots, ” he said.
Pasir Gudang Municipal Council president Zainor Adani said the council was conducting gotong-royong programmes regularly in the area to curb the dengue menace.
“The programmes are conducted together with the state Health Department, Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation Sdn Bhd and the Communication for Behavioural Impact (Combi) team.
Iskandar Puteri City Council mayor Salehuddin Hassan said the authority had conducted some 64 gotong-royong programmes in locations with a high number of reported dengue cases while Mersing District Council president Norazmi Amir Hamzah said they too were conducting gotong-royong regularly.
“Some of the locations involved Jalan Tanjung, Pantai Bandar Mersing and Pantai Air Papan, ” he said.
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