Mondulkiri provincial Governor Svay Sam Eang on Friday issued a dengue fever alert following the death of a nine-year-old primary school student.
In a statement obtained yesterday, Mr Eang warned that dengue was spreading fast through mosquito bites in the province during a rainy spell, noting that the disease was especially deadly to children under 10-years-old.
“Officials in schools and other education institutes have to make sure there are no potential mosquito breeding grounds inside and outside their premises,” he said.
Mr Eang said the provincial health department has to cooperate with the local authority to disseminate information to the public on how to prevent dengue fever, noting that those operating motor repair shops should make sure there are no containers which accumulate water in which mosquitos can breed.
Mok Neak Primary School in Mondulkiri province yesterday announced that Mon Makara, a nine-year-old second grade student, died on Friday due to dengue fever.
“We, the school director and teachers of Mok Neak Primary School are really saddened and send our condolence to the family of a student Makara who died of dengue fever,” it said in a statement. “We appeal to all parents of students to pay high attention and take care of their children’s health.”
Bun Sour, provincial health department director, yesterday noted that there were two other dengue-related deaths on Wednesday, but could not provide details because he did not have the documents on hand and would only be able to do so today.
“All I remember is two people died on Wednesday,” he said. “One of them was a high school student who died on the way to hospital and the other victim died in hospital because his family did not bring him in for treatment on time.”
Ros Soveacha, a spokesman for the Education Ministry, yesterday said that the ministry is monitoring the dengue situation and is paying high attention to the health of students and staff at all levels.
“The ministry keeps monitoring cases of dengue fever among students and other health issues in all schools,” he said.
Huy Rekol, director of the National Centre for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control, on Thursday said there were 13,000 cases of dengue fever in the Kingdom, leading to the deaths of 24 children, so far this year.