SHAH ALAM (Bernama) – Dengue cases in Selangor more than doubled this year, with 48,691 cases reported from January till November as compared to 20,209 cases last year.
Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali said the state government was working closely with the Selangor Health Department in combating the spread of dengue in the state.
He said the Health Ministry (KKM) had expressed concern over the situation and expressed its willingnes to cooperate with the state government on the matter.
“Among the contributing factors identified is the high population density in Selangor apart from the lifestyle of foreign workers and students which are imported from their own countries.
“As such, KKM and the state government will focus more on preventive measures especially on disposal of solid waste which is another contributing factor,” he told reporters yesterday.
He was speaking to reporters after meeting Minister of Health Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam at his office.
In this regard, he said, the state government would allocate additional funds of RM32 million to the local authorities throughout Selangor for a period of two months to manage disposal of solid waste in the best possible way.
Meanwhile, Dr Subramaniam said from January to last Saturday (Dec 4), a total of 98,128 cases were reported nationwide compared with 37,698 cases for the corresponding period in 2013, an increase of 160 per cent.
He said of the total, Selangor was the biggest contributor with 48,691 cases, or 50 per cent with 508 epidemic localities or 71 per cent of 716 localities detected throughout the country.
“Following the rise in dengue cases nationwide, MOH (Ministry of Health)implemented Operation Mega from July 14 to Sept 14 for Klang Valley with the integrated action of seven other ministries and it managed to reduce 50 per cent of cases in Selangor within two months,” he said.
However, he said, more than 90 per cent of Malaysians are actually aware of the spread of dengue but preventive action had yet to be taken in their everyday life.
“Various measures have been taken and are ongoing to increase people’s awareness on the disease and we hope people can help by being mindful of cleanliness in their surroundings,” he said.