KUALA LUMPUR – The Dengue Patrol Awareness Programme conducted at primary and secondary schools in the country has helped to raise awareness among students on the dangers of a dengue epidemic, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan.
He said the programme had also helped to reduce the number of dengue cases and deaths from the disease among school children.
“The latest statistics issued by the Health Ministry show that the number of dengue cases among school children this year up to Nov 11 was 13,609. This is a drop compared to the 18,321 cases in 2016, although we have almost two more months to go before the end of this year,” he said.
Speaking at the Dengue Patrol Programme Awards 2017 here today, Kamalanathan said the Dengue Patrol Programme launched in 2011 was specially designed to provide information and conduct activities on the dangers of dengue.
He said that despite the reduction in the number of dengue cases year-to-year, the people should not become complacent and regard the eradication of the disease as over.
“We cannot stop now. So long as there are cases and deaths due to dengue, the people have to bear the burden of dengue,” he said. – BERNAMA