There is a marked increase in dengue fever cases in Perak. As of February 23, a total of 633 were recorded for the year compared 521 cases for the same period last year.

This was revealed by A. Sivanesan, Executive Councillor for Health, Consumer Affairs, Civil Society, National Integration and Human Resources, during a media conference on Monday, February, 25 at the Perak State Secretary Office. Two recent deaths from the districts of Kinta and Manjung were attributed to this mosquito-borne disease.

The three districts with the highest number of recorded cases were Kinta, 210; Larut, Matang and Selama, 93; and Manjung, 82. Perak Tengah, with 11 cases, was the lowest said A. Sivanesan.

“The four hotspots in the state are Taman Silibin, Ipoh 16 cases, Kampung Menteri, Taiping 10 cases and Taman Bukit Indah, Tapah eight cases.

“We’ve instructed the local authorities to ensure that the above areas are closely monitored,” he told reporters.

All relevant agencies, he said were told to work together to help rid of the menace. 

Luqman Hakim