KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 – Despite a decrease in dengue cases of late, its prevention and control have been intensified to ensure there is no sudden rise in cases, particularly after the monsoon season. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said there was no sharp rise in dengue cases during the monsoon season.
“We expect a possible increase in cases of infection once the monsoon season ends,” he told reporters after launching the Ministry of Health Family Day here today. For the period between Nov 16 and 22, statistics show a total of 2,400 dengue cases, with one death reported.
Meanwhile in his speech, Dr Subramaniam said to ensure health campaigns were carried out more effectively, the ministry’s officials should set an example by adopting a healthy lifestyle, including staying off cigarettes and maintaining body weight.
“If the ministry staff themselves smoke, are obese, and like eating unhealthy food, then the people will feel less confident with the messages conveyed in our health campaigns,” he reasoned.