MELAKA: The Ministry of Health plans to expand the use of drone technology at state health departments nationwide in efforts to control outbreaks of dengue.
Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said that the use of drone technology could help Aedes mosquitoes to be raised more efficiently, especially at high points, including rooftops.
He said that the appropriation to buy the drones could be sought through provisions in the budget 2019.
"I acknowledge that the use of drones to detect Aedes mosquitoes is something new and the unit can be purchased at RM20,000 per unit.
"I am convinced that state health departments with the extra allocation should be able to afford the drones," he told reporters after launching a gotong-royong programs to fight Aedes mosquitoes yesterday.
In a related case, Dr. Dzulkefly said the dengue cases in the country dropped 17% to 62 974 cases compared with last year – from January to early November.
He said that dengue deaths also showed a decrease to 108 cases compared to 162 last year.
Dr Dzulkefly attributed the decline to ongoing efforts to promote public awareness of the mosquito's risk and precautions, such as the Communicative Behavioral Impact Program (Combi).
"So far, a total of 3,822 Combi programs have been carried out nationwide with the involvement of 63,000 volunteers," he said, adding that the program will work with residents' committees. – Bernama