Monday, 19 October 2015

Dengue on the decline

PETALING JAYA, Oct 18 — Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya has confirmed that the number of dengue cases has declined in the country.
He said the number has been decreasing since the end of June.
“The country’s dengue problem is now better than before,’’ Dr Hilmi said yesterday.
The numbers fluctuated by a few hundred cases, but the trend is on an overall decline.
“The situation is improving and we feel the ministry’s efforts in eradicating dengue via multiple programmes are successful.”
He said the ministry would continue monitoring the situation and reminded the public that the problem was not eradicated.
“This does not mean we can rest, eradicating dengue is an ongoing effort by taking necessary precautions as advised.”
He also commended the ministry’s officers who educated people on checking their premises for possible mosquito breeding places, and stressed the importance of proper rubbish disposal.
‘‘Our officers go out of their way to raise public interest in combatting dengue.
“The public are more receptive, thanks to continuous efforts in promoting frequent clean-up efforts at residential areas, being present at fogging exercises and more.’’
Dr Hilmi said it was not that the public was ignorant of dengue, but they needed motivation to participate in eradication efforts.
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