Local artiste to be ‘Dengue Icon’

PAPAR: The Sabah Health Department has enlisted the help of a local celebrity to promote its dengue prevention and control programme.

He is Abu Bakar Ellah, better known as ‘Ampal’, based on his onscreen character.

Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Abd Rashid Shirlin said Ampal, as Sabah’s own ‘Dengue Icon’, would be at the forefront of dengue awareness activities initiated by the department.

“We need an approach that can draw and get the attention of the community, like that of a celebrity,” she told a media conference after witnessing the signing of the memorandum of appointment here on Saturday.

State health director Dr Mohd Yusof Ibrahim represented the department in the signing ceremony.

Earlier, a gotong-royong was held at Taman Pantai Lokawi, near here — Bernama.

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