MP Hasbi tells folks to keep Limbang free of dengue

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LIMBANG: Residents here have been reminded not to get complacent although there is no major dengue fever outbreak in the division.

Limbang MP Hasbi Habibollah said instead they should be proactive and fully support efforts by the Ministry of Health to wage an all-out-war against dengue, which continues to be the state’s main health problem.

“The people should view the dengue menace seriously as it is not only a health hazard that could cause death but also incurred high government expenditure in terms of health education and treatment of patients,” he told reporters on Friday.

He said while the government intensify educational and preventive as well as curative measures, the people must play their role in house hygiene.

He said among the measures they should take on a continuous basis is keeping their compounds free of the Aedes mosquitoes – the carrier of dengue fever. Those suspected of suffering from dengue fever should seek immediate treatment to prevent the Aedes mosquitoes from infecting others.

Meanwhile, Assistant Minister of Public Health Datuk Dr Jerip Susil on Sunday said the number of dengue fever cases recorded in Sarawak in the first two months of this year was alarming, especially in Sibu where it is close to epidemic level.

He said a total of 1,360 cases were recorded, far higher than the number of cases during the same period last year, with 45 per cent of this year’s cases recorded in the central zone of the state.

Dr Jerip also called for cooperation from the people to play their role in preventing the disease from worsening as dengue cases are still rising this month.