BUTTERWORTH: The number of dengue cases in the country has shot up drastically by 81.8% to 93,344 cases in the last nine months compared with last year, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (pic).
There was an increase of 42,007 cases over the same period last year, he said. A total of 51,337 cases were reported last year.
He said to date, 137 deaths were reported while there were 81 such cases over the same period last year.
It showed a 69.1% increase in 56 deaths, he said.
“There is a marked increase of such cases this year and a similar trend is seen in neighbouring countries, ” Dr Dzulkefly said after launching a community programme organised by the Bagan parliamentary constituency office here yesterday.
Besides the haze issue, Asean countries have also been fighting the dengue scourge over the last few months.
Dengue cases have been on the rise in Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Asked about the case of a man, believed to be a doctor, who allegedly attacked his ex-wife and father-in-law which went viral on social media, Dr Dzulkefly said the matter was being investigated by the relevant authorities.
Earlier, in his speech at the event, Dr Dzulkefly said the ministry was focused on emphasising public information about non-communicable disease (NCD) and dengue.
“In Malaysia, the incidence of NCDs is still increasing, despite health promotions and public education.
“According to the 2015 National Health and Mobility Survey, one in every two adult Malaysians are obese, one in three have hypertension and one in five are diabetic, ” he said.
Dr Dzulkefly added that 50% of diabetes and hypertension cases were undiagnosed with patients not knowing they had these conditions or seeking treatment while continuing with the same unhealthy lifestyle.
“As a result, their condition will worsen, leading to complications like kidney problems, blindness and increased risk of heart attack, ” Dr Dzulkefly said. — Bernama