SUBANG JAYA - Community-based efforts nationwide helped reduce the number of fatal dengue cases by 78 per cent in the first 10 months of this year, compared with the same period in 2010.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said that as of Oct 16 this year, a total of 15,524 dengue cases with 26 deaths were recorded, against 39,264 cases with 117 deaths for the same period last year.
He attributed the reduction in dengue cases and fatalities to efforts at the grassroot level to combat the deadly menace.
"The success is due to the good efforts of the 2,177 Combi Teams (Communication for Behavioural Impact) at the various communities nationwide of which 208 teams were set up by non-governmental organisations," he said in his speech when closing the National Combi Convention here Sunday.
However, he warned that all parties must continue to be vigilant in the fight against dengue, particularly with the coming wet monsoon season.
He said there were indications of a rising trend recently, with 340 dengue cases recorded over the last week, adding that early treatment was crucial in ensuring that dengue victims did not succumb to fatal hemorrhagic fever.