City Hall: Dengue Cases On The Rise

Dr Sallehudin taking a closer look at the larvae.

KUALA LUMPUR: City Hall's health department will be intensifying its efforts to curb the dengue menace in the city.

This move comes about after the council's health officials recorded an increase in outbreaks at housing schemes and industrial areas.

City Hall health department director Dr Sallehudin Abu Bakar said last month more than 100 cases were recorded. Last week alone, there were 49 cases.

"Each week, the trend keeps rising. We are taking all the necessary preventive measures, but it's not enough. We need the public to also play a part by destroying the breeding grounds of the aedes mosquito," he said.

Sallehudin said some of the preventive measures taken were fogging, gotong-royong and creating awareness on the dangers of dengue.

"Fogging is done weekly at hotspots around the city and in residential areas. We use water-based chemicals so there will be no stains and less smell.

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"We also hope the public will cooperate with us when we fog areas as there were instances when people didn't want us to come into their homes.

"If so, then we hope they can take preventive measures such as using larvacide or aerosol spray," he said.

To check the dengue danger, the health department recently raided 12 premises in Jalan Chan Sow Lin, Cheras, which were suspected to be breeding grounds for the aedes mosquito.

The raid was conducted together with City Hall enforcement officers at scrap metal and car workshops in the area.

During the raid, eight workshops were issued compounds of RM500 for each container or area that contained the mosquito larvae.

The compounds were issued under the Destruction of Disease Bearing Insect Act 2000. Another four premises were issued notices for not having a valid business licence.

Sallehudin said this is the third raid on industrial areas in the city. The last two raids were conducted at Segambut and Setapak.

"We will also be raiding more industrial areas in the coming months," he said, adding that three hotspots (Sri Rakyat Apartment, Bandar Tun Razak, Menara Orchid, Batu, and Section 10, Wangsa Maju) are being monitored.


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