Integrated dengue control and prevention
01 Mar 2023
Dengue has become an intractable global health problem and has spread across the world in recent decades. It causes an estimated 100-400 million infections annually. In recognition of the morbidity and mortality associated with dengue, the WHO target for 2021–2030 Global Strategy for Dengue Prevention and Control is to reduce the dengue case fatality rate to0% by 2030. There needs to be a concerted agreement on dengue as a collective threat and global collaborative efforts are needed to strengthen dengue preparedness, prevention, and control. To this end, the Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH) has implemented the Integrated Management Strategy for dengue prevention and control program since 2011. Dr Rahmat Dapari, a Public Health Medicine Specialist, shares his experiences in the field of public health involving current dengue control and prevention strategies.