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Malaysia turns to drones to combat Aedes mosquitos

16 November 2018 | News

According to Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, the drones can be very effective to detect the mosquitoes, especially in hard-to-reach areas.

The Malaysian Health Ministry plans to extend their use of drone technology at state health departments throughout the nation in an effort to combat Aedes mosquitoes and control Dengue outbreaks.

According to Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, the drones can be very effective to detect the mosquitoes, especially in hard-to-reach areas. Based on preliminary information, the allocation to purchase the drones could be sought through the ministry through provisions in Budget 2019.

The minister states that the decline in dengue and fatal dengue cases is due to the ongoing efforts to increase the public awareness of the danger of the mosquitoes. The Malaysian Health Ministry is also promoting precautionary measures which include the communication for behavioral impact program (combi).

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