Terengganu has recorded its first fatal dengue case this year with the death of an 11-year-old girl here.
Nur Istinadiana Che Dollah, a pupil of Sekolah Kebangsaan Kampung Raja Besut, died on Thursday while undergoing treatment at the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital (HSNZ), Kuala Terengganu.
It is understood that the victim suffered early symptoms such as fever, cough, runny nose and loss of appetite on May 14, and was treated at a private clinic here.
“However, four days later, the victim’s condition deteriorated and her father brought her to Kampung Raja Health Clinic. She was referred to the Besut Hospital before being rushed to the HSNZ, but passed away at 8.02am on Thursday,” State Health Department director Dr Mohamad Omar told a press conference at Nur Istinadiana’s house at Kampung Sentosa here today.
He said Nur Istinadiana, the second of five siblings, was the first fatality among the 133 dengue cases recorded this year.
More than 1,500 cases were recorded in the state last year involving 20 deaths.
Mohamad Omar said clean up and prevention measures are being aggressively carried out in Kampung Sentosa, which has now been marked as dengue-prone, with four deaths last year.
He said special attention is also being given to Kuala Terengganu, particularly the Kampung Pulau Rusa Hilir area, and Besut, surrounding the Kampung Gelam Mas area, which recorded the highest number of dengue cases among all affected districts. — BERNAMA