Monday, July 24, 2017

Yangon urge public to fight dengue

Yangon's Public Health Department has accelerated its effort to eradicate mosquitoes in a bid to contain the surge of dengue cases in the region.

The officials urged the public to help in controlling the mosquito-borne disease by keeping their surroundings clean and free of stagnant waters where mosquitoes can breed.

They warned that dengue cases is likely to continue increasing in July and August as the monsoon season continues.

From January to the first week of July this year, more than 2000 people were infected and one person has died from the disease, the Yangon Regional Public Health department said.

Dr Aye Mon Mon Kyaw, assistant director of Yangon Regional Public Health Department, said regional authorities and related organizations are helping in efforts to fight dengue in cooperation with the health department.

The department yesterday conducted mosquito-clearing activities in all the townships of Yangon.

“If we all join efforts to control the spread of mosquitoes, dengue cases may decline,” she said.

“The incidence of dengue in the first six months of this year is higher than last year, when around 2000 cases were reported,” she said.

Hlaing Tharyar has the highest rate of dengue cases in the region, followed by Dala, South Dagon, East Dagon and Dagon Seikkan townships.

The Hlaing Tharyar township has reported 392 cases and one death and most of the victims were children aged between five and 14 years old.

U Thet Zaw Win, a health assistant from Hlaing Tharyar, said most people do not follow their advice as they are busy earning a living.

“Some houses were closed when we went there to educate or to share Advice because the residents are in their places of work,” he said.

U Thet Zaw Win added that families with little knowledge about the disease were the ones who get infected with dengue.

Dr Khin Yupar Soe, Head of Hlaing Tharyar townshp’s Public Health Department, said that the incidence of dengue the township doubled compared to last year.

Yay Okkan village has the highest number of infected people in Hlaing Tharyar, with 30 cases reported.

The Public Health Department said that from January to June, more than 8100 people were infected with dengue throughout the country.