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So far, 14 outbreaks were reported at Taman Mesra People Housing Project (PPR), Kampung Forest, Kampung Bahagia, Taman Fajar Fasa 2, Kampung Tinusa 2 Darat, Old Slipway Bandar Sandakan, Astana Height Fasa 5B, Bandar Ramai-Ramai and Rumah Murah Sim-Sim. Pic by NSTP/POLIANA RONNIE SIDOM

SANDAKAN: Sandakan has the highest number of dengue cases in Sabah, 129 cases including fatalities, recorded since early January.

So far, 14 outbreaks were reported at Taman Mesra People Housing Project (PPR), Kampung Forest, Kampung Bahagia, Taman Fajar Fasa 2, Kampung Tinusa 2 Darat, Old Slipway Bandar Sandakan, Astana Height Fasa 5B, Bandar Ramai-Ramai and Rumah Murah Sim-Sim.

District health officer Dr Johari Awang Besar said Taman Mesra PPR recorded the highest number with 39 cases thus far.

He urged the people of Sandakan, especially those residing on islands, to work together to create a clean environment and eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.

“Dengue cases in the district have resulted in several deaths and this is serious. We need the community to cooperate as this is not just the responsibility of the Health Department and Sandakan Municipal Council or other departments.

“Although there are preventive activities it’s not enough. The community has to get together and clean their area doing gotong-royong at least once a week,” he told reporters at a gotong-royong programme at Taman Mesra here today.

Johari pointed out that cooperation from the local community was still poor as some people do not allow health officers to enter their homes for inspection and spraying.

He then advised those experiencing dengue fever symptoms such as high fever, muscle and joint pain, and headache to seek treatment immediately.

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