Clinics and Hospitals Must be Handy to Prevent Possible Outbreak of Dengue Fever

Ministry of Health has ordered all health clinics and hospitals across Cambodia to be handy and ensure proper monitoring to prevent possible dengue fever outbreak.

The notification was issued recently by the ministry in the name of its Minister H.E. Mam Bunheng following the noticeable increase of dengue fever cases reported, comparing to the figure in 2018.

All health clinics and hospitals in the 25 capital and provinces of Cambodia, underlined the statement, must provide sufficient training and orientation to their staff to handle with cases of dengue fever.

It added that, health clinics and hospitals are encouraged to hold regular meeting preferably once a week to follow up the trend of the disease in their respective coverage area.

Proper treatment must be provided to cases reported, and if the condition of the patient is beyond treatment capacity of any health clinic or hospital, it must be referred immediately to the next level of the service.

Along with other specific tips and instruction, the notification from the Ministry of Health also encouraged the public, sites as well as businesses particularly construction areas and wheel dealers to get rid of any wasted materials that can carry water, bushes and the like convenient for Aedes mosquito to hatch and shelter.

According to a Health Ministry's report, there were 24,684 cases of dengue fever with 23 deaths in 2018, and 6,372 cases with three deaths in 2017, and most cases happened in Phnom Penh capital and the provinces of Kampong Chhnang, Preah Vihear, Siem Reap, Kratie, Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, Oddar Meanchey and Banteay Meanchey.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press