Rise in Sabah Malaria cases

KOTA BELUD: A total of 2,316 Malaria cases were reported in Sabah in 2018 with two deaths compared to 2,004 cases in 2017. This showed an increase of 15.56 per cent in the number of cases.

“This year alone, 768 Malaria cases have been reported,” said Tempasuk Assemblyman Datuk Musbah Jamli.

For Kota Belud, in 2018, there were 57 cases reported where Kg Taburon contributed nine cases. This year there were 11 cases reported compared to 25 cases in 2018.

“Most of Malaria cases were attributed to the various activities of villagers comprising plantation, agriculture, hunting and forestry.

“The prevention of malaria should not only be the responsibility of the Health Department or government alone, but society should be equally responsible for maintaining the health of families,” he said when officiating at the World Malaria Day Programme at Kg Taburon, here.

Musbah said the department carried out various preventative measures including fogging and raising awareness on the matter.

It is important for the community to take precautionary measures to prevent malaria infection, in line with the theme of World Malaria Day this year, “Zero Malaria Starts From Us”.

“Among the steps we can take is to reduce outdoor activities at night and wear appropriate clothing when performing activities such as rubber tapping. The use of insect repellent is also strongly encouraged.

By: Gindanau Sakat.

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