July 01, 2017

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Government to tackle dengue in Mon State

A health staffer fumigates a classroom. Photo: Min Aung
A health staffer fumigates a classroom. Photo: Min Aung

SEVEN townships in Mon State that have seen the highest numbers of dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) cases are to be prioritised in a dengue fever prevention initiative as part of the new government’s 100-day project, according to the Public Health Department of Mon State.
Despite plans for the initiative to be carried out in all 10 of the state’s townships, Mawlamyine, Mudon, Chaungzon, Thanbyuzayat, Kyaikmaraw, Ye and Paung townships are to be prioritised.
“Mon State is among those parts of the country, like Yangon, Ayeyawady and Bago regions, that experienced the highest numbers of dengue haemorrhagic fever cases last year. As such, we’ll carry out a dengue fever prevention initiative as part of the 100- day project,” said Dr Zaw Min Tun, head of the aforementioned department.
Last year, a total of 5,293 DHF patients were admitted to hospitals in Mon State, of whom four people died. The highest ratio of patients was in Mawlamyine Township with 1,267 cases and two fatalities, while Thabyazayat Township had the fewest cases with 542 patients.
By 18 January this year, dengue fever had started recurring in Kyaikmaraw Township, and 37 patients were hospitalised across the seven townships by May 21.
The health department is reportedly conducting educational awareness activities and campaigns as well as investing in insect repellent and related equipment across the state in a bid to mitigate the prevalence of dengue fever.
Dr Zaw Min Tun added that responsibility also lies with civil society organisations, the public and relevant authorities to cooperate in campaigning, supervising and inspecting measures to prevent outbreaks of dengue fever in the region.
It is reported that medical supplies to treat dengue fever patients are currently of a sufficient quantity, but they would need to be replenished should outbreaks increase in the next few months.— Myitmakha News Agency

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