JOHOR BARU: The Johor government has expressed concerns after the state recorded a slight increase in dengue-related deaths so far this year.
State health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said that until June 27 this year, there have been 20 deaths caused by dengue, five more compared to the same period last year.
“According to the state Health Department’s statistic, a total of 5,107 dengue fever cases have been recorded until June 27.
“When compared to the cases the department recorded last year, which is 5,142 cases, the drop is not that significant, ” the Kahang assemblyman said in a statement here on Friday (July 3).
Vidyananthan also said that a total of 34 new outbreak localities were recorded in week 26 making the total number of active outbreak localities to 91.
He added that among the districts which recorded the highest number of dengue cases were Johor Baru with 80.2%, followed by Kulai (3.9%), Kluang (3.7%), Segamat (3.3%), Batu Pahat (2.4%), Mersing (2.1%), Kota Tinggi (1.4%), Muar (1.1%), Pontian (0.9%) and Tangkak (0.9%).
Vidyananthan said the main contributor for dengue cases in the state was neglect in cleanliness, in particular garbage disposal that became potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
“Johor has been successful in curbing the spread of Covid-19 through good cooperation between the state government and various agencies with public involvement.
“Now the state is facing a serious dengue fever disease issue where to ensure success in our effort, we hope to see a similar commitment from everyone, ” he added.
Vidyananthan said the public must constantly ensure their surroundings were kept tidy and remove any potential breeding spots immediately.
"Each household is recommended to spend at least 10 minutes-a-week to search for stagnant water and potential breeding spots in and around their residence," he said.
Vidyanathan added that those who fail to ensure their property is free of Aedes breeding grounds may face a compound of RM500 where if they failed to settle the fine, they may be brought to court and face a heftier fine of RM10,000.
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