FUN FAIR: A carnival was held in conjunction with the ASEAN Unity for Dengue-free Community Day 2012 celebration
IPOH: MORE than 1,000 people thronged the two-day health carnival organised by the Health Ministry here recently.
Themed Healthy Lifestyle for Perakians, the event was held in conjunction with the ASEAN Unity for Dengue-free Community Day 2012 celebration which fell on June 23.
There were activities such as street soccer games, a children's colouring contest and treasure hunt.
State Health Committee chairman Datuk Mah Hang Soon, the guest-of-honour, flagged off the 10,000 Steps Walk at Dataran Bandaraya Ipoh.
The walk's participants carried banners which declared "Prevent and Stop Dengue" as they made their way from Greentown to New Town.
Mah said the celebration also saw Asean member countries joining hands in the fight against dengue fever and to free the community from the disease.
"In Malaysia, the Federal government has taken steps to curb dengue through a five-year strategy plan for 2009 until 2013," he said.
"Last year, there was a drop of 57 per cent in dengue cases nationwide from 2010."
It was reported that there were 46,171 cases with 134 deaths in 2010, and 19,884 cases with 36 deaths in 2011.
The latest statistics from January until June 2012 recorded 10,706 cases and 21 deaths.
Mah added that the Health Ministry had set up 2,225 Communication For Behavioural Impact (COMBI) projects whereby non-governmental organisations were encouraged to organise anti-dengue campaigns to create awareness on Aedes mosquito breeding and prevention of the disease.
Meanwhile, state health director Datuk Dr Ahmad Razin Ahmad Mahir announced that there were 752 cases and two deaths (from January until June 2012) in Perak itself.