by Rosli Mansor
Cases of dengue fever under the area of administration of the Ipoh City Council (MBI) recorded an increase of 486 cases until last November 26 (Epid Week: 47) with one case of death reported.
The mayor of Ipoh, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin @ Md Daud, said it was an increase of 319 cases, which is 191.0 percent compared to the 167 cases with one death in the same period last year.
He also said that there were two localities of dengue fever hotspots that were reported until November 29, namely in Taman Pengkalan Perdana (10 cases) and Taman Arkid (7 cases).
“Apart from that, there are four controlled outbreak localities in Taman Eden (6 cases), KB Menglembu (3 cases), Rumah Pangsa Bercham (3 cases) and Taman Cempaka (2 cases),” he said.
He said this while addressing the November Council Plenary Meeting at the MBI Meeting Hall on Wednesday.
Rumaizi also said that until November 29 there were five cases of chikungunya compared to 10 cases for the same period last year.
The involvement of Council Members, community leaders in field activities, joint efforts to eradicate dengue and dengue and chikungunya awareness information dissemination programmes that have been implemented, have helped in curbing the spread of dengue cases.
“But in the continuous rainy season it needs to be improved.
“Efforts that have been implemented by all parties to eradicate dengue are hoped to continue continuously to reduce the density of Aedes mosquitoes so that they are at the lowest possible level,” he said.
The public is also advised to spend at least 10 minutes to inspect for larvae and destroy aedes breeding grounds in their respective residential areas every week.
“Hopefully, with the involvement of all parties, individuals, communities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as a whole, it is hoped that we can help reduce the incidences of dengue fever and chikungunya, especially in MBI’s administrative area,” he added.