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Thursday July 17, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by amanda yeap
Ipoh City Council vector unit staff fogging a housing area in Ipoh. - filepic
IN LIGHT of the sharp spike in dengue cases and deaths in the country, steps will be taken to increase enforcement at dengue hotspots and reduce the numbers.
State Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said enforcement in Perak has slowed down since a few years ago due to complaints from the public.
“Back in 2011, we raised the fine to RM500 for those who were found to have mosquito breeding sites in their premises.
“However, the public were unhappy with this amount,” he told reporters.
Now with the dengue problem reaching an alarming stage, Dr Mah said that they have no other choice but to step up on enforcement.
“People also need to know that apart from keeping their compounds clean, they should work together to ensure the entire neighbourhood is mosquito-free as well.
“I urge all residents to start cleaning the drains in front of their houses and not just wait for council workers to do so because once dengue strikes, it would be too late to point fingers at others,” he said.
Dr Mah said this in reference to Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s promise for the National Committee on Dengue to bring down the number of dengue cases in two months.
Muhyiddin, who is also committee chairman, said they had come up with a comprehensive action plan to address the situation by putting in more effort and resources at dengue hotspots.
The committee consists of theHealth, Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, Works as well as the Human Resources ministries. It works with state governments, local councils and other agencies.
He also warned that if there was no cooperation from the community, it would be difficult for any significant change to take place.
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