August 19, 2016

Dengue fever drops sharply within first five months

A man fumigates a classroom in south Okkalapa Township.  File Photo: Aye Min Soe
A man fumigates a classroom in south Okkalapa Township.
File Photo: Aye Min Soe

THE number of dengue patients has decreased dramatically within the first five months of 2016 between January and May compared to the same period last year, according to statistics from the Department of Health for Yangon Region.
The period of January to the end of May last year saw a total of 968 cases of dengue fever, resulting in six deaths, but the same period this year saw these figures drop to just 280 cases and four deaths.
Dr Mon Mon Kyaw, a doctor specialising in mosquito-borne diseases at the Department of Health, said that although the number of dengue fever patients has decreased this year, precautions still need to be taken during the rainy season to guard against the disease.
“Last year’s high volume of dengue fever patients was a catalyst for the beginning of dengue protection and prevention activists from the start of this year. It’s important that the public participates in measures against the disease,” she added.
Dengue fever prevention activities were also conducted in schools across Yangon Region, including spraying mosquito repellent and clearing mosquito larvae.
“Classrooms have been closed and left unused during the long holidays. Schools are now reopen for the new term, so they’re being sprayed with insect repellent to kill off any breeding mosquitos. Students make up a third of the whole population, so it’s important that special attention is paid to their wellbeing,” continued Dr Mon Mon Kyaw.
The disease prevention activities are being carried out in 44 Yangon townships, while activities are also underway to rid mosquito larvae from areas where young children and babies live.
“My child is only seven years old but he’s suffered from dengue fever three times already. He experienced a serious fever but was fortunately cured at home by the family doctor without requiring a visit to the hospital. We are now taking precautions to prevent him from getting infected by the disease again,” said Daw Than Myint from North Dagon Township.—Myitmakha News Agency


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