390 dengue cases and 2 dengue deaths in a week
Nov 2, 2012 - Bernama
PUTRAJAYA: A public servant in Sabah and a farmer in Sarawak were the two dengue fatalities reported during the week between Oct 21 and 27, said Health Director-General Datuk Seri Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman yesterday.
He said the government employee, in his 30s, had earlier sought treatment at a private clinic and was admitted to a government hospital the following day when his condition worsened, but succumbed to the disease the same day. The public servant died due to severe dengue with multi-organ failure, he said in a statement issued here yesterday.
As for the farmer, a woman, Dr Hasan said, she died two days after being admitted to a government hospital due to haemorrhagic dengue.
He said the two deaths occurred in a non-epidemic areas, but checks conducted by the health authorities found the aedes breeding rate in the affected areas to be high, at 2.3 per cent.
Dr Hasan said a total of 390 dengue fever cases were reported during the period. He said Kelantan, Sabah, Perak and Sarawak continued to show an increase in dengue cases since the past two months.
In Sarawak, eight localities in six districts in the state were identified as epidemic areas, with Rumah Patsy Salah in Meradong, Sarikei, identified as a hotspot locality, where 10 dengue cases were reported, he added.
The outbreak of dengue in the state is under control though the disease claimed one life. Public Health Assistant Minister Dr Jerip Susil revealed the sad news to reporters during a press conference after officiating at the launch of the state-level Asean Dengue Day and Divisional-level Jelajah Sihat Bersama Komuniti at the civic centre here yesterday.
According to Jerip, a 55-year old dengue victim from a longhouse in Song died in Sibu General Hospital last Friday.
He attributed the man’s death to delay in seeking treatment. When admitted to Song Hospital last Tuesday, he was beyond saving with internal bleeding.
Dr Jerip said fatality could have been avoided if the man had sought treatment as soon as the symptoms showed up.
He revealed that a total of 959 dengue cases were reported in the state from January to Oct 13 this year from 776 cases during the corresponding period last year – an increase of 183 cases or 23.6 percent. Districts with drastic rise in number of dengue cases were Bau, Sri Aman, Lubok Antu, Julau, Pakan, Meradong, Bintulu, Belaga, Kapit and Kuching.
In view of the deadly consequence of dengue, Jerip called on the people to play their part to stop its spread. Fogging should be complemented by getting rid of the breeding ground for aedes mosquito in houses and compounds to be more effective.
Dr Jerip believed dengue and other non-contagious diseases could be put at bay if people put into practice prevention measures recommended through various awareness and educational programmes.
Among those present were State Health director Datu Dr Zulkifli Jantan, Engkili assemblyman Dr Johnical Rayong, state vector research officer Asmad Mat Yusof, Divisional Health Officer Dr Hasrina Hassan and director of Sarikei Hospital, Dr Tey Siew Chang.