SHAH ALAM – The incidence of dengue fever in Selangor seems to be on the downward trend, going by statistics.
The state recorded 40,164 cases of the disease from January to Oct 21 this year, down from the 45,432 cases in 2016, said State Health, Welfare, Women and Family Affairs Committee chairman Dr Daroyah Alwi.
Also, this year up to Oct 21, a total of 59 deaths from dengue were recorded compared to 68 in 2016, she said when replying to a question from Tiew Way Keng (DAP-Teratai) in the state assembly.
Dr Daroyah said that for this year, the Hulu Langat district recorded the highest number of dengue cases, 12,249, and 28 deaths.
Among the factors which contributed to Selangor having the highest number of dengue cases among the states was intensive development which saw many new construction sites that provided a breeding place for the Aedes mosquito, she said.
Dr Daroyah said RM5 million was allocated by the state government this year for mosquito control and prevention measures in Selangor, which included RM10,000 for each of the 56 state constituencies to implement dengue-prevention programmes.
“The government will also instruct local authorities to act against the owners of abandoned cars which can become potential breeding grounds for the Aedes mosquito,” she said. – BERNAMA