MELAKA: Dengue cases in Melaka have reached a new high by overtaking the health threat posed by Covid-19.
Melaka health and anti-drug committee chairman Datuk Rahmad Mariman said a total of 2,376 cases were recorded from January up to Oct 23 of this year.
The figure, he said reflects an increase of 577 cases or 32.95% compared to the same corresponding period in 2019.
Rahmad said Melaka Tengah topped the list with 1,590 cases followed by Jasin (432) and 354 cases at Alor Gajah.
"Melaka witnessed a hike of 14 cases this week or 23.3% increase compared to the reported cases last week, indicating the dengue scourge has reached a critical point," he said on Saturday (Oct 24).
He said a total of seven deaths were recorded this year with 15 dengue hotspots had been identified across the state.
"The state government views seriously the increasing cases in the state and have launched a campaign to eradicate breeding grounds of Aedes mosquitoes, ” he said.
Rahmad revealed that 7,014 premises were found to be breeding grounds during checks conducted by health authorities since January.
Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali also visited several areas in the historic city to gauge the dengue outbreak.
Sulaiman said apart from dengue cases, urban areas also recorded cases related to Chikungunya.
Sulaiman made the visit to Bandar Hilir where the bulk of dengue cases at Melaka Tengah district were reported in the locality.
"I have asked the relevant authorities to carry out fogging works at the affected areas," he said.
Sulaiman also urged Banda Hilir residents to play their role in keeping their environment clean.
He added cleanliness becomes an important aspect in an effort to eradicate Aedes breeding grounds.
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