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Lo: Diseases can be reduced if all take preventive measures
Posted on : 30 Oct 2018  Source of News: http://www.theborneopost.com/2018/10/30/lo-diseases-can-be-reduced-if-all-take-preventive-measures/
 

Lo: Diseases can be reduced if all take preventive measures

KUCHING: The number of contagious diseases going around Kuching Division can be reduced if residents make a concerted effort to eradicate them.

Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman Lo Khere Chiang said the public need to realise that preventing the spread of diseases lies in their hands.

“Things like tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and mosquito-borne diseases have been around for a long time. The public must be aware that these issues exist, therefore can take action on preventing them,” he said, adding that the council organises awareness programmes regularly.

He was commenting on the monthly statistics from the State Health Department for Kuching Division after the MPP full council meeting yesterday.

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) tops the list at 1,523 cases this year as of September, followed by tuberculosis at 471, Hepatitis B (237 cases) and Hepatitis C (225 cases).

There were 221 cases of Gonorrhoea, 147 cases of HIV/AIDS and 89 cases of Syphilis.

Meanwhile, the division recorded 89 cases of dengue fever and five malaria cases this year while leptospirosis cases were reduced by 78 and four positive cases of rabies were identified.

Lo added that out of the 3,857 cases of dog bite reported in Kuching Division, 67 of them occurred in Padawan in the space of one week from Sept 24-30.