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Number of dengue cases drop in Kingdom

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Health Minister Mam Bun Heng joins an anti-dengue fever event yesterday. CEN

The Health Ministry yesterday said the number of dengue fever cases in the Kingdom has dipped over the past two weeks.

During an anti-dengue campaign in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district, Health Minister Mam Bun Heng said that there were 3,933 cases in the third week of this month compared with 4,769 the week before.

He stressed that the situation in the Kingdom is now under control, but urged the public and relevant authorities to be vigilant and step up efforts to eliminate breeding grounds of mosquitos, which transmit the disease.

“According to estimates, dengue fever cases will continue to decline further in the future,” Mr Bun Heng said. “Cases have declined in almost all provinces, except for Kratie province where there is a slight spike in cases.”

He noted that the number of cases in the capital and Preah Vihear, Kandal, Kampong Cham, and Tboung Khmum provinces have either remained constant or have dropped slightly.

Mr Bun Heng added that the death rate from the dengue fever cases in the Kingdom is 0.1 percent which is low compared with most other countries affected by the disease.

He urged all citizens, especially parents and guardians, to continue to pay more attention to cleaning the environment around their houses and make sure there is no stagnant water, in which mosquitoes can breed.

Mr Bun Heng also cautioned against allowing puddles to form at construction sites and improper storage of discarded tyres which can collect water.

He also urged the relevant authorities to continue disseminating information about the disease to the community, especially in schools and monasteries, noting that this year’s anti-dengue campaign was themed “End Dengue: Starts with Me”.

“Our campaign is called end dengue starts with me, so we have to jointly work to prevent the formation of puddles and eradicate all Aedes mosquito larvae,” Mr Bun Heng said. “Our health officials also have to strengthen the care of dengue patients through effective diagnosis and treatment.”

He reminded parents and guardians to immediately send their children suspected of having dengue fever to a hospital or health centres and not to treat them at home or at private clinics which do not have the expertise to deal with the disease.

Koung Lo, director of the Preah Vihear health department, said that the number of dengue fever cases in the province has steadily declined, with more than 20 cases fewer recorded this week compared with the previous week.

He said his officials were continuing to monitor the situation and taking additional measures to fight dengue.

“We have distributed abate [mosquito larvae killer] in all 52 communes across the province, educated the people on measures to prevent and eliminate mosquito habitats, as well as strengthened the health sector to provide effective treatment,” Mr Lo said.

Huy Rekol, director of the National Centre for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria, recently said that since the outbreak started a few months ago, dengue fever has killed 33 people in the Kingdom.

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