KUALA LUMPUR: The number of dengue cases had tripled over 300 percent with over 20,000 cases reported in the first three months of this year said deputy minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing & Local Government Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sidique.
"As of March 23, a total of 23,633 dengue cases were recorded.
"This represents a 314 percent rise or increased of 17, 917 cases increase compared to 5,716 cases recorded for the same period last year," she said when replying a question raised by Datuk Koh Nai Kwong (BN-Alor Gajah) in Parliament on Monday.
She said that some 63,000 premises were inspected by health officers, of which 7,220 compounds and 5,016 notices were issued to those found breeding aedes larvae.
She said that the fight against dengue was a joint effort between the authorities, local communities and relevant non-governmental bodies.
"What is happening is the lackadaisical attitude of some homeowners who fail to keep their homes and surroundings clean and free of aedes breeding spots," she said.
She urged lawmakers to activate their Evaluation of Communication for Behaviour Impact (Combi) team and implement Local Agenda 21 in their respective constituency to further promote community assistance in the fight against aedes.
However, Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (Pas- Kota Raja) and Sim Tong Him (Dap-Kota Melaka) argued that members of the public should not be blamed for the hike in aedes cases.
Siti suggested that an in-depht study is carried out to determine the cause of the hike in dengue cases.