Cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) are likely to increase in Kayin State this year compared with the year-ago period, according to a state-level DHF prevention seminar, held at the Kayin State Public Health Department on 26 May.
At the seminar, Kayin State Hluttaw Speaker U Saw Chit Khin delivered a speech, while State Public Health Department Head Dr. Zaw Lin explained the importance of raising awareness about DHF, as well as measures being taken to prevent it.
According to official statistics, 935 people contracted dengue hemorrhagic fever in 2018 in Kayin State, which resulted in one death. DHF broke out mostly in Hpa-an Township, and spread to other towns and villages. The outbreak of dengue hemorrhagic fever was reported chiefly in June, July, and August. There were about 90 cases of DHF between January and 27 May this year. Therefore, the Public Health Department and related organizations have discussed conducting awareness training courses for local people to help them learn how to prevent the disease from breaking out.
“We have already made arrangements to conduct township-wise awareness training courses, and to launch community-based and school-based activities. We will raise awareness in schools in Hpa-an Township, beginning 27 May, with the help of the Public Health Department, social organizations, and the Education Department,” said Dr. Min Myo Kyi, the assistant director.
The Aedes mosquito can be recognized by white markings on its body. It mostly breeds in water bottle caps, old tires, and vases, and is active during the day. Therefore, people must protect themselves from mosquito bites during the day. The signs and symptoms of dengue hemorrhagic fever are high fever with headache, joint and muscle pain, vomiting, and rashes. Patients suffering from DHF need to undergo emergency medical treatment if they lose consciousness and their body temperature falls. —Saw Myo Min Thein (IPRD)
(Translated by Hay Mar)