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Friday, 14 March 2014

Fighting the dengue menace in Kajang

Squad members cleaning up the streets of Sungai Chua new village.

Squad members cleaning up the streets of Sungai Chua new village.

A GROUP of volunteers in Kajang who have been providing community services to the public in the Hulu Langat district have extended their services to fight the dengue menace.

Wong Fa Tuo Voluntary Service chairman Jackie Cheng said they decided to provide some assistance instead of solely relying on the Health Department to control the mosquito population in the area.

He said the recorded number of dengue cases was quite high in the district.

“We went for training organised by the department to learn about fogging techniques and the handling of chemicals,” he added.

Cheng said they would have to spend about RM200 for each fogging operation, adding that the expenses were provided by donors.

“Most of the places that we cover are schools and residential areas,” he said.

“The voluntary service, formed five years ago, currently has about 20 members.”

Cheng hoped to see all Kajang residents play a role in preventing the spread of dengue.

“What we are doing now is too small.We hope all residents will work as a team and clean up their own premises and not throw rubbish indiscriminately,” he said.

MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said dengue remained a major concern among the people in Kajang, which is one of the worst-hit areas in Selangor.

As of February, she said the district had recorded 2,438 dengue cases with four fatalities.

The Barisan Nasional candidate for the Kajang by-election expressed hope that everyone would work together to clean up their areas.

“We have to pay more attention to cleanliness, especially clogged drains with stagnant water that become breeding ground for mosquitoes.

“We can never solve the dengue issue if we do not clean up our own areas,” she said during a gotong-royong at Sungai Chua new village in Kajang.

The activity was participated by MCA’s Crisis Relief Squad members from various states.

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