KOTA KINABALU – Volunteer work on disseminating dengue awareness has been actively carried out due to viral infection of dengue in state said Luyang Community Development Leader cum Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) KK Divisional Chairman, Datuk Agnes Shim.
She said they have set up a volunteer group called Communication for Behavioral Impact (COMBI) and she is also one of the members that have participated. COMBI implements ‘behavioral and social intervention’ strategy.
They will be outreaching an outbreak response that addresses intervention on targeting individuals, social groups and organizations at the household community.
Women Chief, MCA Kota Kinabalu Division, Doctor Pamela Yong said that COMBI uses communication material, individualised and community health education to impart knowledge as well as creating positive health seeking behaviors.
“This volunteer team is well-trained and will regularly get updates on households that affected by dengue from the health office. Once told, they will do house to house visits and educate each household on how to seek and destroy aedes breeding sites,” she said, adding that the team will also assist members of the public to recognise dengue symptoms as well as refer those affected to acquire early medical attention if dengue is suspected.
She said some doctors including her have involved in this volunteer work in order to curb dengue infection. They are stationed at the Hot-Booths in the outbreak area in order to disseminate knowledge on dengue.
Presently, there are two Hot-Booths established with one in City Mall (Giant Supermarket) and the other is at Taman Foh Sang shoplots.
According to State Health Director, Dr Christina Rundi COMBI is participated by Sabahan from Inanam, Sepanggar, Penampang and other places in Kota Kinabalu.
She urged all residents to take part in volunteer work in order to deter dengue infection from spreading dramatically.
“In Sabah, the cases have tripled from 300 last year to over 900 this year. Two victims who lived in Penampang and Semporna have died due to dengue infection. So, this is important for everyone to step up and help others as well as themselves,” she said.-By Saila Saidie/Sayangsabah