MELAKA: Dengue cases in the state has reached a new high, seemingly overtaking the threat posed by Covid-19.
State Health and Anti-drug Committee chairman Datuk Rahmad Mariman said a total of 2,376 dengue cases were recorded from January to Oct 23 this year.
This is an increase of 577 cases (or 32.95%) compared to the corresponding period last year.
Rahmad said Melaka Tengah topped the list, with 1,590 cases, followed by Jasin (432) and Alor Gajah (354).
“Melaka witnessed a hike of 14 cases this week, or an increase of 23.3%, compared to last week, indicating the dengue scourge has reached a critical point, ” he said yesterday.
He said seven deaths were recorded in the state this year, with 15 dengue hotspots across the state.
“The state viewed seriously the increasing cases and has launched a campaign to eradicate Aedes breeding grounds, ” he said.
Rahmad revealed that 7,014 premises were found to be breeding grounds during checks conducted by health authorities since January.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali also visited several areas to gauge the dengue outbreak.
Sulaiman said apart from dengue, urban areas also recorded chikungunya cases, another viral disease spread by the Aedes mosquito.
He visited Bandar Hilir where the bulk of dengue cases at Melaka Tengah district were reported.
“I have asked the relevant authorities to carry out fogging at the affected areas, ” he said.
He added that he had also urged Bandar Hilir residents to keep their environment clean as that was an important aspect of eradicating mosquito breeding grounds.
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