PUTRAJAYA: Worried over the 10-fold increase in dengue cases in the last 10 years, the Government has directed the agencies and the local authorities concerned to step up efforts to halt the trend.
This means closer monitoring of the situation, taking sterner action against owners of properties where aedes mosquitoes are found breeding, prevention efforts and better public education, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The deputy prime minister said a nationwide campaign to clean up schools would also be launched in September to encourage full participation from students and teachers to ensure that their schools were aedes-free.
He said statistics showed that 156.1 out of every 100,000 people in the country had been struck with the disease so far this year, up from 132.5 per 100,000 last year.
Last year, over 33,000 people were hospitalised with dengue and the upward trend is continuing this year.
In the last decade, 599 people have died of dengue. This is worrying, he told reporters after chairing the Cabinet Committee meeting on Health and Cleanliness at his office yesterday.
The meeting also discussed the increase in infectious diseases, especially food and water-borne diseases like cholera and typhoid.
He said the local authorities had been directed to ensure that all food handlers, particularly those in school canteens, undergo regular health check-ups.
The Government, he said, was also concerned over the possibility of the spread of contagious diseases by illegal immigrants.
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