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Ministry records decrease in dengue

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Mothers bring their children for dengue fever treatment in Phnom Penh. KT/Khem Sovannara

The Health Ministry yesterday said that the number of people contracting dengue fever continues to decrease across the Kingdom in the wake of a spike.

The ministry noted that about 2,400 new cases were found across the Kingdom this month since a spike in July.

In comparison, it noted that there were 4,769 cases of dengue fever recorded just in the second week of July alone, a number which dropped to 3,933 cases in the third week of July.

Leang Rithea, dengue control programme manager at the National Centre for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control, yesterday said that preventive measures have contributed to the continued decrease.

“The number of dengue fever cases has continued to decrease week after week due to the efforts of all stakeholders, which has yielded excellent results,” he said.

Mr Rithea called on the public to continue implementing preventive measures, including ensuring a clean environment in houses as well as construction sites. He added that it was important to clear any potential mosquito breeding grounds, such as stagnant water.

“Although the number of dengue fever cases has decreased, the rainy season has not ended yet, so we are not yet completely safe and we will continue to monitor the situation,” he said.

Bou Sarin, chairman of the Dengue Fever Programme at the Siem Reap provincial health department, yesterday said that the province was hit with the highest number of cases, with more than 1,000 recorded in June.

However, he noted that the number has now dropped to 757 cases in August.

“The decline was due to the fact that we campaigned to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds which can lead to the spread of dengue fever,” he said.

He noted that officials also disseminated information on hygiene practices to residents and educated them to maintain a clean environment.

“So, we have seen the positive results,” he said.

Health Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said the ministry has continued to clear mosquito breeding grounds with sprays, as well as distribute thousands of intravenous drips to hospitals and health centres for treatment.

“If people participate in keeping a clean environment, eliminating mosquito breeding grounds properly and avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, we will continue to reduce the number of dengue cases,” she said.

Huy Rekol, director of the National Centre for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria, recently noted that dengue fever has killed 33 people this year as of the third week of July.

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