The Health Minister has called on the people and local authorities to participate in the movement to reduce and prevent increasing mosquito menace due to the increased cases of dengue fever when compared to the same period last year.
Mam Bun Heng said in the announcement letter which was sighted by Khmer Times on Friday, June 14, that everyone, as well as the local authorities have to join together in the fight against dengue fever.
“In order to protect health avoid getting dengue because of mosquito bite and in order to prevent from sickness and death, I want to appeal to all relevant people to set a good example as model citizens by obeying a principle: ‘I and my family are model family because my house and surroundings do not have larvae.’” Mr Bun Heng said.
Mr Bun Heng suggested eight measures for the public to implement, including to kill or destroy the larvae areas such as water jars, pools, flower jars and everything that can store water and breed larvae.
“The owners of construction buildings and workers have to clean their worksite environment without having holes where water can collect,” he said, adding that the vehicle tires sellers have to cover their tires from rain as these too collect water which would enable larvae to breed.
The minister said that all people have to have habit in good living, clean homes, keeping their windows/ doors open to have enough light.
“If any member of the family gets a fever, they have to be sent to the state health center or hospital nearby. Do not try to treat by yourself. ” Mr Bun Heng said. “All provincial health departments have to advise state and private nurses services about checking; treating and taking care of dengue fever patients.”
“Local authorities, ministries, department or relevant institutions, World Health Organization, Non-Governmental Organizations, National and International Communities have to continue to participate fully in the intervention and cooperation and continue to support the Ministry of Health and National Centre for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control.
According to the report of the National Centre for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control, stated that from January until June this year, there were about 9,000 people who contracted dengue fever and of which there were 15 fatalities.