Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ministry: Dengue fever cases kill 24, see fivefold increase

Ministry: Dengue fever cases kill 24, see fivefold increase

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A child suffering from dengue fever is placed on a drip at the National Paediatric Hospital in Phnom Penh. Hong Menea

Ministry: Dengue fever cases kill 24, see fivefold increase

Twenty-four people have been killed by dengue fever in the first six months of this year – a fivefold increase on the same period last year when seven people died from the virus.

There have been more than 10,000 reported cases of dengue so far this year, but officials said the Ministry of Health is working hard to prevent the situation from deteriorating.

A press conference was held by government spokesman Phay Siphan at the National Paediatric Hospital on Thursday on the current situation, responsive measures that have been taken and the likely challenges that will be faced. It was also an opportunity for participants to share their experiences.

Guest speakers included representatives from the Ministry of Health and the National Paediatric Hospital, nearly 100 doctors and Hun Mana, a daughter of the prime minister involved in Cambodian health issues.

Huy Rekol, the director of the Ministry of Health’s National Centre for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control, said that as of this weekend, there had been 13,000 cases of dengue this year, with 24 people having died in hospital after being brought in late and in serious conditions.

“This is a fivefold increase in dengue cases compared to last year. Only seven people died from the virus in 2018. This does not mean that dengue fever has broken out throughout Cambodia, it is only in the driest and wettest areas."

“None of the patients who received treatment within 24 hours after suffering from a high temperature died. The 24 people who did were all late in going to the hospital and were already in serious conditions, meaning that it was too late to save them,” Rekol said.

The escalation in dengue fever this year was due to a five- or six-year climatic cycle wherein a 1mm rise in rainfall meant an 11 per cent increase in the spread of the virus, he said.

Nhep Angkeabos, the director of the National Paediatric Hospital, said his institution had admitted an average of more than 300 dengue fever patients a day. As of Wednesday, the National Paediatric Hospital received 3,000 dengue fever patients, four of whom succumbed to the disease.

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Huy Rekol (right), the director of the National Centre for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control, said that as of this weekend, there had been 13,000 cases of dengue this year. Hong Menea

In response to this year’s dengue outbreak, the Ministry of Health had introduced preventative measures including educating people on prevention, the spraying of insecticides and the distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets, as well as training on dengue fever treatment and diagnosis, he said.

“The Ministry of Health has also encouraged doctors to make patients with dengue a top priority,” he said.

Ung Sophal, the director of the Dengue Fever Clinic Control Sub-committee, said while this year had seen the worst dengue fever outbreak in six or seven years, the Ministry of Health was prepared in terms of providing treatment and prevention measures.

“We have prepared nearly 70,000 batches of serum for treatment, 172 tonnes of insecticide and 7,000l of mosquito spray, which is for spraying in the most dengue-hit areas as a last resort,” he said.

The Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap reported this month that in the first five months of the year, more than 370,000 children had received checkups and consultation, 70,000 of whom had dengue fever and received treatment.

MOST VIEWED

  • NagaWorld casinos set to reopen, schools to follow

    NAGACORP Ltd has requested that it be allowed to reopen its NagaWorld integrated resorts in Phnom Penh after the government recently approved casinos to operate again, provided they follow Covid-19 prevention measures set by the Ministry of Health. Mey Vann, the director-general of the Ministry

  • ASEM supports Kingdom’s proposal to postpone meeting amid Covid

    The 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM13) scheduled to be held in Cambodia in November has been postponed until mid-2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation press statement released on Saturday said. The decision was made during a two-day meeting

  • Coffee maker roasted for producing fake product

    The Ministry of Interior’s Counter Counterfeit Committee will send a suspect to court on Monday after she allegedly roasted coffee mixed with soybeans and other ingredients, creating a product which could pose a high risk to consumers’ health. On the afternoon of July 2, the

  • Cambodia armed with money laundering laws

    Money laundering will now carry a penalty of up to five years in prison while those convicted of financing terrorists will be jailed for up to 20 years, according to new laws promulgated by King Norodom Sihamoni and seen by The Post on Thursday. Comprising nine

  • Schools to be reopened in ‘three stages’

    With guidance from Prime Minister Hun Sen, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, is in the process of reopening schools in three stages. But no timeline has been set, ministry spokesperson Ros Soveacha said on Thursday. Soveacha said the first stage will be to

  • Thai border crossings eased

    The Cambodian Embassy in Thailand said in an announcement on Wednesday that Thailand’s government has allowed certain passengers from several countries to enter its borders. The visitors must go back to their country immediately after their duties in Thailand are fulfilled, the embassy said.

  • Gov’t says tourism recovers slightly despite pandemic

    The Ministry of Tourism and the Phnom Penh municipal administration have recognised 33 tourism businesses in the capital which have consistently implemented safety measures for tourists and adhered to the code of conduct issued by the ministry. Recently, the ministry announced that tourism businesses had to

  • Mull ASEAN border opening, PM urges

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that ASEAN launch a scenario for gradually reopening cross-border travel and trade between countries in the region. He said ASEAN has had more success combating Covid-19 compared to other regions. The prime minister’s request was made at the

  • Ministry reports 11 new Covid-19 cases, reiterates vigilance

    Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng has urged people to continue practising virus prevention techniques after 11 people tested positive for Covid-19 within two days after arriving in the Kingdom. Speaking on Sunday, Bun Heng stressed the importance of washing hands, wearing masks or scarves when

  • Koh Rong land ‘belongs to firm’

    Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration spokesperson Kheang Phearum told The Post on Sunday that the 35ha being bulldozed by Royal Group Co Ltd in Koh Rong belongs to it after it was leased to it for 99 years by the government in 2008. Phearum said the land does