Health authority warns public of possible dengue fever outbreaks
The Health Authority has warned the public of possible outbreaks of dengue fever this year with the aim to prevent and control the disease.
The total numbers of dengue fever cases were over double the number of cases during the same period in 2016.
From January through until April of this year about 558 dengue fever infections have been recorded in the country while during the same period last year there were 249 dengue fever cases across the country, Director of the National Centre for Laboratory and Epidemiology Dr Phengta Vongphachanh confirmed.
Currently dengue fever infections have been recorded in Vientiane at a higher rate than other provinces in the country. There have been 151 dengue fever cases reported while during the same period last year there were no reports of any outbreaks, a heal th official said. 120 dengue fever infections have been recorded in Champassak whi le about 115 dengue fever infections have been reported in Attapeu and other provinces.
Last year, Champassak took the brunt of any outbreaks across the country with six deaths recorded and the highest number of cases.
Dr Phengta Vongphachanh told Vientiane Times yesterday via telephone that openly reporting outbreaks was part of the plan in responding to dengue.
“We acknowledge that increasing public awareness is one of the main strategies to reduce the risk of dengue transmission” he said.
He said local officials and health authorities are urging people to clear potential mosquito breeding sites around their homes and workplaces to help curb the spread of the virus.
These activities are focused on long-term prevention rather than solely treatment and were vital to combating the disease. In particular, local communities needed to keep their surroundings clean, while focusing on killing mosquitoes and their larva inside and near these areas, he added.
He explained every family should throw out any water that collects in jars, vases and dishes and should cover such vessels to prevent more water filling them up again.
Schools, hospitals, factories, hotels, restaurants, tourist facilities and offices should organise cleaning activities to remove any sources of stagnant water to slow mosquito breeding.
By Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth
(Latest Update April 21, 2017)