Dengue serious in Manjung, Perak: Health Minister


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 09 Oct 2008

SERI MANJUNG: The dengue situation in the Manjung district in Perak is very serious with four deaths reported to date, Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said.

He said patients turning acute and dying suddenly from the disease was abnormal.

He further commented that the rise of dengue haemorrhagic fever to up to 50% of total cases was also unseen before this.

“It is very serious. We need to raise the alarm on this and take action,” he said at the Seri Manjung Hospital here during a special visit to assess the dengue situation in the district.

He said that between Aug 18 and Oct 5 alone, 314 people had been suspected of dengue and admitted into the hospital here and the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh.

Liow, however, noted that whatever pre-emptive or drastic measures taken by the ministry to eradicate dengue would be futile without the public’s involvement.

He said the public must take part in efforts carried out by being concern for their own hygiene and living compounds.

Earlier, during a briefing, state Health director Datuk Dr Ahmad Razin Ahmad Mahir said, as at Oct 6, a total of 621 dengue cases had been reported in the district.

“The cases have also become more serious than usual,” he said.

Noting that some had expressed concern that swiftlet hotels were breeding grounds for Aedes mosquitoes, Dr Ahmad Razin said it was mere speculation as there was no real evidence to link the two.

At a press conference later, Liow said seven-year-old Toh Guan Hee who died in Taiping last week had suffered from hand, foot and mouth disease but it was unconfirmed if he died from the deadly Enterovirus 71 (EV71) strain of HFMD.

Meanwhile, Liow said the ministry had banned another food product from China after it was found to contain excessive levels of melamine.

“The ministry has instructed all stores selling Vigour 888 Filling Roll to take it off their shelves and to destroy them,” he said.

The cream stick, he said, contained 4.71 parts per million (ppm) compared with 2.5ppm, the level permitted by the ministry.

On another matter, Liow said RM1.8mil would be spent on changing the air-conditioning system at the Air Keroh polyclinic, which was infested with mould.

He said the mould had occurred due to condensation of water arising from a faulty air-conditioning duct.

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