The Ministry of Health announced yesterday the number of dengue fever cases throughout the country declined by 88 percent in the first six months of 2020, compared with the same period last year.
Health Minister Mam Bun Heng said in the statement that there has only been 3,339 dengue fever cases in the first six months of this year, compared to 28,285 cases in the same period of 2019. Over the same period, there had only been four fatalities to the disease while last year recorded 32.
He said the disease has most notably declined in Phnom Penh and the provinces of Preah Sihanouk, Pailin, Siem Reap, Kandal, Kampong Thom, Takeo, Mondulkiri, Ratanakiri and Preah Vihear.
“Right now, the dengue fever situation is under control due to a joint effort by the ministry and communities,” he said.
“However, the ministry continues to urge parents to maintain a clean house and environment to protect their children from dengue fever,” he said.
Bun Heng said controlling dengue fever was everybody’s responsibility and asked parents to eliminate mosquito breeding areas. He said any parents who suspect their child has dengue fever must send them to the hospital immediately.
“The ministry will continue to provide medicine and work with the community to eliminate dengue fever,” he added.
Phnom Penh resident Sou Sreynet said her daughter is five and has not had dengue fever due to her keeping a clean house and always inspecting her child’s health.
“When my daughter has a high fever, I always bring her immediately to the hospital for examination because I am afraid of her having dengue fever,” she said
The Ministry of Health also released data on malaria.
The health minister said in the first six months of this year, there had been 4,540 cases of malaria, a 70 percent reduction from last year which stood at 15,165, with no fatalities.
He said there has also been a decline in plasmodium falciparum PI cases, which had seen an 80 percent decline from 1,920 cases last year to 381 this year. He said the plasmodium falciparum PI disease has been frequently reported in rural areas, such as in Kampong Speu, Mondulkiri, Ratanakiri, Pursat and Stung Treng provinces.
“Since 2018, there have been no fatalities from malaria and Cambodia has also gained better control over plasmodium falciparum PI,” he said.