Dengue still a threat to school kids


  • Education
  • Sunday, 27 Dec 2015

OVER 20,000 schoolgoing children have been affected by dengue.

The children aged between seven to 17 account for 18% out of the 113,500 dengue cases in Malaysia as of Dec 1, said Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan.

“The Education and Health Ministries will be monitoring the situation and working with the community. Parent-teacher associations also need to work together with the authorities,” he said at the Dengue Patrol Programme 2015 Awards Presentation Ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, recently.

The Dengue Patrol is a programme that aims to educate students on the dangers of dengue and to instil a sense of responsibility in adopting dengue prevention methods.

The programme was set up with the collaboration of both the ministries and Sanofi Pasteur, a pharmaceutical company.

Kamalanathan said that the Education Ministry was also encouraging public-private partnerships.

This was to see how best the parties could work together in bringing the programme to more schools.

“The programme began in 2011 with three schools but today we have 156 schools (participating),” he said, adding that he hoped more schools would take part in the future.

There are 10,000 schools in the country, but the progress in initiating such partnerships was rather slow, he said.

Also present was Health Ministry disease control division senior principal assistant director Dr Zailiza Suli, who said there had been an increase in dengue cases this year compared to last year. There was also an increase in dengue deaths.

Sanofi Pasteur (Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei) managing director Baptiste De Clarens said the company has been working for 20 years on research and development for a dengue vaccine. 

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