"Seventy-eight dengue cases have been reported till date in the city of Pekanbaru," local Health Office Chief Gustiyanti remarked here on Thursday.
She explained that the viral disease, caused by the Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes, were reported in the sub-districts of Marpoyan Damai, Tampan, Bukit Raya, Marpoyan Damai, Payung Sekaki, Tenayan Raya, Rumbai Pesisir, Senapelan, and the city of Pekanbaru.
He stated that 39 cases of the disease were recorded in Pekanbaru in the first four weeks of Jan 2017, but now the number continued to increase.
Therefore, she called on the local people to eradicate the mosquitoes, irrespective of the arrival of the rainy season or the spread of dengue cases.
She also asked them to maintain cleanliness, by cleaning their houses at least once a week throughout the year, to eradicate mosquito nests.
According to her, cleaning up the house and mosquito breeding grounds every week throughout the year is the most effective way to combat the growth of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
Gustiyanti stated that dengue fever usually peaks during the rainy season in Jan and Feb when the disease spreads almost evenly in other areas.