KENINGAU – The implementation of the Communication For Behavioural Impact (Combi) programme must continue to be empowered because it can become an important strategy to boost awareness in society on the danger of dengue.
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said the implementation of the programme would increase the mobilisation of the communities via voluntary involvement in prevention activities such as gotong- royong and making inspection and eradication of Aedes mosquito breeding sites.
“The government, through the health ministry, is very serious in its efforts to eradicate the dengue problem in the state, but it needs the cooperation of all quarters including local communities to ensure the eradication of the epidemic is successful,” he said in his speech at the state level 2017 ASEAN Dengue Day celebration here today.
His speech text was read by Sabah Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Radin Malleh.
Pairin said the government always endeavoured to create awareness on the danger of dengue but the level of awareness on curbing its spread was not encouraging among society.
He said health ministry statistics showed that 743 cases of dengue were recorded in Sabah, as of May 13. – BERNAMA