August 18, 2007

Programme to check rising dengue cases launched in Kuala Lumpur

The nation's capital has launched the Communication For Behavioural Impact (COMBI) programme aimed at increasing public awareness on the danger of dengue fever, said Federal Territories Minister Datuk Zulhasnan Rafique.

“COMBI is part of our one-year campaign against dengue in Kuala Lumpur which had the second-highest number of cases after Selangor. I am confident the COMBI programme will be effective in reducing dengue cases,” he said when launching the programme here today. Zulhasnan said Kuala Lumpur registered 125 dengue cases last week and this was not good for the tourism industry.

The COMBI programme, conducted by the Federal Territory Health Department and Kuala Lumpur City Hall, emphasised on preventive measures including random checks. COMBI was first introduced by the World Health Organisation (WHO) during the dengue outbreak in Johor Baru six years ago and was proven to be effective. Currently, about 1,000 dengue fever cases are reported weekly nationwide, with some involving deaths.

Ref- The New Straits Times

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