SHAH ALAM: The number of dengue cases in Selangor has increased at an alarming rate, the state legislative assembly was told today.
Public health, unity, women and family empowerment committee chairman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud said a total of 31,822 dengue cases were reported at the end of the epidemiology week ending Nov 19.
This was an increase of 131.5% or 18,077 cases compared to the same week last year, which recorded 13,745 cases, she said in reply to a question from Harumaini Omar (BN-Batang Kali).
Siti Mariah said the state government had been allocating RM5 million every year for the eradication of Aedes mosquitoes to curb the spread of dengue fever, including programmes implemented with relevant agencies and departments.
“The state government is also using the Bacillus Thuringiensis Israelensis (BTI) spray treatment in hotspot areas as well as drones to control and prevent dengue in hard-to-reach areas like rooftops of houses,” she said.
“As of Oct 31, the state government has provided 2,000kg of BTI to 10 local authorities to encourage its usage in hotspots and public areas.”
Meanwhile, menteri besar Amirudin Shari said 14,649,397 doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered to residents in Selangor as of October.
He said 4,330,200 or 96.2% of the adult recipients received the complete dose, while 519,617 doses (91.6%) and 320,909 (43.9%) doses of vaccine were administered to adolescent groups and children, respectively.
“In addition, 4,069,818 or 89.4% have received the Covid-19 booster dose,” he said when replying to a question from Ahmad Yunus Hairi (PAS-Sijangkang).