KOTA KINABALU – Dengue cases has increased dramatically in state.
Women Chief, Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) Kota Kinabalu Division, Doctor Pamela Yong said the cases have tripled from 300 last year to over 900 this year.
In the latest update on Dengue reissued today, Penampang and Kota Kinabalu have recorded the highest number of cases said Pamela.
According to State Health Director, Doctor Christina Rundi, two victims who lived in Penampang and Semporna have died due to dengue infection.
Dengue cases have been viral within just three months this year.
Pamela said the authorities including the health department, KK City Hall (DBKK) and others have further stepped up their efforts in keeping this outbreak under control by introducing regular fogging in affected areas, intensive campaigning and awareness creating as well as clearing out any potential breeding sites of dreaded Aedes mosquito.
“The general public must start to realize that they have a big responsibility and need to play a vital role in tackling this dengue problem aside from solely relying on the authorities. We as the community must be serious and proactive at the same time in order to against dengue,” she said.
Luyang Community Development Leader cum MCA KK Divisional Chairman, Datuk Agnes Shim, said Communication for Behavioral Impact volunteer group or better known as COMBI has been established to disseminate information on how to prevent exposure, stop transmitting and preventing the infection of dengue in community side.
She said COMBI uses communication material, individualized and community health education to impart knowledge and create positive health seeking behaviors.-By Saila Saidie/Sayangsabah