Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Parents urged to be cautious over dengue



Parents urged to be cautious over dengue

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A baby being treated for dengue fever is fed at Kantha Bopha Hospital in Phnom Penh in 2013. Hong Menea

Parents urged to be cautious over dengue

The Health Ministry has urged parents who suspect their children to be suffering from dengue infections, to immediately send them to state-run hospitals for treatment. The call follows the death of 13 children due to dengue fever over the last eight months,

The ministry wants parents to take precautions after reporting that cases of dengue, which is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes have spiked to 7,000 so far – much higher than last year.

“Parents should not try to treat their children with aspirin or take them to private hospitals if they suspect them of having dengue fever.

“Send them to a state hospital within 24 hours to get the necessary treatment on time,” said Leang Rithea, director of the ministry’s National Dengue Control Program (NDCP).

Public hospitals are well equipped with adequate medicines to treat patients, he stressed.

Despite the rising numbers, he downplayed a major dengue outbreak. “There is no large-scale outbreak of the fever in the Kingdom so far, even though the incidents are higher than last year,” said Rithea.

The ministry said dengue fever cases rise once every three to five years. The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes dengue as a public health problem in Cambodia, with 14,000 cases annually.

The worst outbreak occurred in 2007 when 39,851 cases and 407 deaths were reported, said the WHO website.

Based on the ministry’s report, the first 26 weeks of this year saw 5,284 dengue cases reported – an increase of 3,704 cases or about 77 per cent compared with 1,580 cases registered last year.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh unveils rules for post-lockdown transition

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration issued a set of detailed guidelines for the seven days to May 12 after the capital emerges from lockdown at the onset of May 6. In the 14-page document signed by municipal governor Khuong Sreng released on the evening of May 5, the

  • SBI LY HOUR Bank Launches Cross Border Money Transfer Service between Cambodia and Vietnam on RippleNet, utilizing DLT

    SBI LY HOUR Bank Plc and Hanoi-based Tien Phong Commercial Joint Stock Bank (TPBank) on Friday launched the first Cambodia-Vietnam money transfer service in real currency via RippleNet, provided by SBI Ripple Asia Co Ltd to provide safe, fast and convenient services. SBI LY HOUR

  • Gov’t issues guidelines as lockdown nears end

    The government has issued a five-page set of instructions to be enforced when the three-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province ends on May 6. According to an announcement signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 4, the instructions cover a

  • Cambodia ready to exit LDC status

    Cambodia is well-prepared to minimise economic risks when it graduates from its Least Developed Countries status, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Commerce on May 7. Four LDCs – Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh and Nepal – met at a virtual workshop last week to explore potential

  • Nine US franchises eye Cambodia debut

    Nine famous US franchising companies are looking for business opportunities and expansion into Cambodia to build a footstep for a strong foundation in Southeast Asia. The US embassy in Phnom Penh, in partnership with the US Foreign Commercial Service and with support from the American

  • Lost in translation: ‘Starvation’ in capital’s designated red zones

    “DACH bay” is a Khmer slang meaning a “loss of income”, that could also be literally translated to «deprived of rice”, which alludes to starvation. However, civil society organisation (CSO) officials have independently confirmed the government’s prior assertions that there are no cases of