Monday, November 16, 2009

My question on dengue in the State Assembly

Shah Alam City Council Records Highest Dengue Cases In Selangor

SHAH ALAM, Nov 16 (Bernama) -- Shah Alam City Council recorded 2,295 dengue cases until Oct 28, the highest in Selangor, State Health, Plantation Workers, Poverty and Caring Government Committee chairman Dr Xavier Jayakumar said.

He was replying to a question by Hannah Yeoh (DAP-Subang Jaya) who asked for statistics on dengue cases in Selangor over the last two years in the state assembly here Monday.

Subang Jaya Municipal Council recorded 1,733 cases, Klang Municipal Council (1,733), Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (1,581), Kajang Municipal Council (1,408), Petaling Jaya City Council (1,116) and Selayang Municipal Council (708).

Shah Alam City Council recorded 3,612 cases, the highest last year, followed by Kajang Municipal Council (3,210), Klang Municipal Council (2,466), Subang Jaya Municipal Council (2,061), Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (1,709), Petaling Jaya City Council (1,429) and Selayang Municipal Council (466).

Dr Jayakumar said the state government did not provide allocation to the local authorities for dengue prevention purposes.

"Local authorities receive allocations directly from the Housing and Local Goverment Ministry for vector control, purchase of poisons and fogging machines.



Anonymous said...

Dear YB Hannah

From the point of view of a public health professional, raw numbers can be misleading because there is no adjustment for the size of the "population at risk".

So, the dengue cases should be presented in more meaningful ways i.e. the case rate (cases per 100,000 population) or what public health people call the "incidence rate" (new cases per 1,000 population within a specific time period) and the "prevalence rate".

Nevertheless, it is good to raise the awareness of people regarding the dengue threat.

Phua Kai Lit

Chan Yan Hoong said...

Hannah, I agreed with Kai Lit. It is more accurate to present the data in the form of rate like what per population.

Chan, Yan Hoong

Anonymous said...

Fogging is bad, the diluted fog drifted away from the targeted spot does not kill mosquitoes 20~30m away, that diluted fog acted as "artificial selection" that created more insecticide resistant mosquitoes, if the fogging repeated over 30 years here & there, practically most of the Aedes mosquitoes we see today are SUPER mosquitoes!!! bear in mind that... "if it does not kill them, it makes them stronger!"..... new method is available to control mosquitoes now: Mosquito Bait! coming to town soon!!!