TELUK BAHANG – A total of 71,001 cases of dengue fever were recorded nationwide from January to August 3 this year as compared to 55,237 cases in the corresponding period last year, said Deputy Health Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya.
He said during the period 192 fatalities were recorded compared to 104 last year.
Selangor recorded the highest number of dengue fever casualties with 40,058 cases, followed by Johor (7,170 cases) and Perak (6,545 cases), he told reporters today.
Hilmi had earlier launched the Merdeka Month and Kibar Jalur Gemilang campaign as well as a ‘gotong-royong’ to fight Aedes mosquitoes at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Teluk Bahang here.
He said Penang also recorded a significant increase when 3,116 cases were reported during the period this year compared to only 1,048 cases in the corresponding period last year.
Dr Hilmi said the government was taking every effort to fight Aedes mosquitoes by taking various precautionary measures including organising ‘gotong-royong’ to clean up mosquito breeding grounds and carrying out fogging.
However, the attitude of certain quarters who refused to allow fog to enter their home premises during fogging operation complicated efforts to address the dengue fever problem, he said.
“The government needs the cooperation of all parties, especially the public in the fight against dengue fever,” he added. – BERNAMA