Regional network set up to tackle dengue

Regional network set up to tackle dengue

SINGAPORE - Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia have set up a network to share information and training in dengue surveillance and control.

This was announced on Monday, at the third Asia-Pacific Dengue Workshop in Singapore. The workshop was attended by public health representatives from 24 countries in the region.

The National Environment Agency (NEA), Malaysia's health ministry and Andalas University in West Sumatra are members of the new network, called UNITEDengue, which aims to expand to other countries in the region.

Member countries aim to understand more about how dengue is transmitted in this region with high population movement.

The network will also allow public health institutions to make use of the strengths and experiences of one another in boosting their capabilities in dengue prevention and control.

Said Mr Andrew Tan, chief executive of NEA, which manages mosquito-borne illness here: "With similar climates and ecologies, our communities share the same vulnerability to dengue and other vector-borne diseases. We therefore need similar linkages among countries to deal with the challenge."

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