The Health Ministry has appealed to doctors to improve the care of children suffering from dengue fever as the country records an increased number of cases this year.
The Ministry of Health on Saturday held the 4th Cambodian Paediatric Update Symposium in Siem Reap province, where experts and officials discussed health challenges facing children and highlighted dengue fever as a top concern.
Other health issues concerning children include obesity, and technology-related activities, such as spending too much time on smartphones.
Yit Sunnara, an undersecretary of state at the Health Ministry, said that paediatricians gathered to discuss effective treatment of dengue fever. He noted that the disease remains a life-threatening problem to children in the country.
Mr Sunnara said that within the last five months, it was estimated that there were 8,000 cases of dengue fever. In comparison, according to the National Centre for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control, there were around 5,284 cases in the first six months of last year.
“This year, dengue fever cases among children have seen an increase, causing much concern,” Mr Sunnara said. “At the same time, child obesity, due to environmental and hereditary factors, has also seen an increase, with more children today who are overweight and obese. This is also a concern.”
He said that with a spike in dengue fever cases, the Health Ministry is paying close attention in monitoring the situation to ensure preventative measures are taken and that effective treatment are given to those who are ill.
Mr Sunnara noted that the conference is held annually to monitor and prevent emergence of new diseases in children, as well as update field experts on any new information related to heath symptoms affecting children.
At the conference on Saturday, Mr Sunnara also instructed doctors across all provinces and cities to implement the most up to date methods in delivering effective treatment to children suffering any illness. He urged for the improvement of health services across the Kingdom and for it to be delivered in accordance to government policies.
In March, the Health Ministry alerted residents on a potential outbreak of dengue fever this year.
According to Leang Rithea, director of the National Dengue Control Program, the World Health Organisation noted that dengue fever may erupt in the year 2019.
He urged citizens and local authorities at all levels to exercise caution as well as actively take action to avoid the possibility of an outbreak of dengue fever this year and next.