Three more deaths from dengue fever in Johor Baharu

JOHOR BAHARU: Three more dengue fever fatalities were recorded in Johor Baharu last week, bringing the total number deaths to 14 in Johor by the 27th week.

State Health and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said the three deaths in the past one week in Johor Baharu brought the total number of dengue casualties in the state capital to eight.

“The three victims were an 11-year-old girl in Taman Daya, a 28-year-old woman in Taman Kobena who had just given birth and a 35-year-old Bangladeshi man in Taman Desa Cemerlang,” he told reporters after an anti-dengue programme with iM4U volunteers from the METro Polytechnic in Kampung Melayu Majidee here yesterday.

Ayub said there were 5,465 dengue cases in the state as of the 27th week and the authorities were stepping up efforts to eradicate aedes mosquitoes.

According to him, residents, non-governmental organisations and various government agencies had held mega gotong-royong to clean up 34 localities around the city three days ago.

The mass cleaning exercise will be held again on Tuesday morning to destroy mosquito breeding grounds while fogging would be carried out in the evening.

He urged local communities to keep their surroundings clean and to raise awareness about the dangers of dengue.

“In the programme today, we found the rubbish collection site has become a mosquito breeding ground and residents living on the banks of Sungai Sebulong were believed to be dumping rubbish into the river,” he said. — Bernama

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