The Health Ministry yesterday said the dengue fever situation in the Kingdom is under control with fewer cases detected this month.
However, it warned that the situation could worsen during the current phase of a 10 to 12-year epidemic cycle in the Asia Pacific region during which 303 people in the Philippines and 74 in Malaysia have died from dengue-related diseases. The last cycle was in 2007.
The ministry noted in a statement that from the beginning of the year until July 1 there were 15,000 dengue fever cases with 25 deaths in the Kingdom.
It called on all authorities in the capital and provinces to urgently carry out dengue prevention measures, including identifying Aedes mosquito breeding sites and spraying pesticides to kill their larvae in high-risk areas.
“As a result of such measures carried out over the past 30 days, the Ministry of Health has observed that dengue fever is now under control and dengue fever cases have decreased in 11 provinces from previous months,” the statement said.
It noted that Pursat, Takeo, Stung Treng, Svay Rieng, Ratanakiri, Pailin, Koh Kong, Kampong Thom, Battambang, Preah Sihanouk, Mondulkiri, Kratie, Kampot, Prey Veng and Kep provinces had not reported any new case of the disease.
The ministry reiterated its call to the public and authorities at all levels to implement preventive measures such as getting rid of larvae breeding- grounds inside and outside homes by not allowing water
to stagnate in vessels such as jars and basins and also puddles. The statement said health department officials should also spray pesticide in potential breeding areas and that items such as used tyres, bottles, cans and coconut shells, which can collect water, should either be buried or burnt.
It urged dealers to discard used tyres properly because these were the biggest source for mosquito to breed, noting that construction sites should also take steps to clear debris which can collect water for the insects to breed.
“In case of a severe fever, immediately take the person to the nearest public healthcare centre [no later than 72 hours after the fever] or hospital,” the statement said. “Do not try to treat patients at home.”
“Dengue fever can kill patients who are not treated professionally on time,” it added.
Cheam Chan Sophorn, Tboung Khmum provincial governor, yesterday urged residents to immediately take those suffering from high fever to the nearest health centre for treatment and avoid consulting private practitioners or village traditional healers.
“Provincial health officials have been going to the ground to educate the community that dengue fever is very dangerous and can only be treated by health professionals if the patient is sent to the health centres or hospitals in time,” he said.