KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 2, 2015:

Although there has been a slight decrease in the number of dengue cases in the past week compared to the week preceding it, the overall trend this year is still much higher than last year.

This is why, said Health director general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Malaysians should not be complacent in the fight against the virus.

“Between Aug 23 and 29, 2015, 2,409 cases of dengue were reported, which is a 2% decrease compared to 2,450 cases in the previous week.

“The cumulative number of cases reported nationwide from January till Aug 29 is 80,654 compared to 65,672 for the same period in 2014, an increase of 22.8% (14,982 cases),” wrote Dr Noor Hisham in a statement today.

He also pointed out that while there were only three dengue-related deaths last week, as of Aug 29, 219 had died this year compared to 128 deaths during the same period in 2014, an increase of 91 deaths or 71%.

At the same time, he attributed the declining number of cases over the past 7 weeks to joint-efforts to prevent and control dengue between special teams from various ministries and state governments.

“The result of efforts to ensure a clean environment and good, scheduled waste management by local authorities and the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry has reduced breeding sources for Aedes mosquitoes.

“The commitment of the Selangor and Johor state governments in ensuring the states are constantly clean has also helped to reduce Aedes breeding rates in their respective states.

“Meanwhile, the efforts of the Communications and Multimedia Ministry to increase the awareness of the public to reduce breeding places through advertisements in the media, contributed to the continuous reduction of dengue cases across the country.

“Continuing efforts by the Education and Higher Education Ministries, to ensure that students get the message to take precautions to eliminate the breeding grounds in schools and higher education institutions, are expected to inculcate good values among students.

“In addition, the role of the Health Ministry in setting up effective controls can cut off the transmission of the viral infections among community.

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