Dengue fever cases in Brunei drop by 27 per cent

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

CASES of dengue fever in the country dropped by 119 or 27 per cent from the previous year as members of the public are becoming more aware of the importance of preventive measures, the minister of health said yesterday.

During the 12th session of the Legislative Council (LegCo) yesterday, YB Dato Paduka Dr Hj Zulkarnain Hj Hanafi said that 317 cases of dengue fever were reported in 2015 compared to 436 in 2014.

He said this in response to LegCo member YB Hj Sulaiman Hj Ahad who asked about the total number of recorded dengue fever cases and the ministry’s plans in preventing future dengue outbreak, particularly in the Temburong district.

YB Dato Paduka Dr Hj Zulkarnain said out of the 317 dengue cases reported in 2015, only 17 cases were from the Temburong district.

This reflects the efforts of Temburong residents in maintaining the cleanliness of their homes and workplace, said the health minister.

As on the Ministry of Health’s plans in tackling the mosquito-borne disease, the minister said although fumigation – a method of insect control does work, it only works for a short period of time as the mosquitoes will continue to breed.

“Fumigation does work but only up to a certain point... as long as there is stagnant water in the area, the mosquitoes will come back,” said the minister.

Temburong representative Yang Berhormat Hj Jumat Akim also voiced concerns on the dengue fever cases, asking what preventive measures are being taken by the health ministry in preventing the disease from occurring.

The health minister said sanitation measures are essential in preventing dengue outbreaks.

He also underlined the importance of awareness and preventive practices such as ensuring no stagnant water around homes, as this could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The Brunei Times