SINGAPORE: It's just four and a-half month into the year and the number of dengue cases to date has already surpassed the total number of cases in the whole of last year.
The National Environment Agency (NEA) said a total of 4,756 dengue cases have been reported in Singapore between 1 January and 19 April 2013.
This is higher than the 4,632 cases in 2012.
To get community leaders involved in the fight against dengue, over 460 grassroots leaders, volunteers and Health Promotion Board's ambassadors were at NEA's first mass training session on Saturday to learn about dengue prevention.
At the session, participants learnt how to identify Aedes mosquitoes, the life cycle of a mosquito and most importantly, how they can play a part in preventing dengue from spreading.
They were shown the possible breeding habitats of mosquitoes and how to advise residents to do the 5-step Mozzie Wipeout.
Director-General of public health, Derek Ho said: "The turnout at the Dengue Volunteers Training Programme far exceeded our expectation and we are happy to see them volunteer their time and effort.
“Community efforts are key to break the dengue transmission cycle, and we encourage all residents to play a part in stopping dengue. This is very important because we need everyone to take the active steps in removing mosquito breeding in their homes so that we can fight dengue effectively."
NEA will be conducting more training sessions in the coming weeks.
Those interested may call 1800-CALL-NEA for more details.