THERE are five new dengue hotspots in the Ampang Jaya municipality.
The new hotspots are Bukit Antarabangsa (Taman Kelab Ukay), Jalan Melawati F and Taman Melawati J Zone 2 in Taman Melawati, Taman Ukay Perdana (Sri Baiduri Apartment) and Pandan Perdana (Jalan PP5/1-11). The total number of hotspots in the municipality stands at eight.
Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) acting president Abd Hamid Hussain, in disclosing this, urged the public to take this matter seriously and be more vigilant.
Meanwhile, three areas have been removed from the list of hotspots as the problem had been brought under control after the council, other government agencies and residents stepped up their efforts to combat the menace. The areas are Pandan Indah, Pandan Mewah and Taman Cheras Hartamas.
From January to July 19, a total of 2,559 dengue cases were recorded in the municipality, up from 2,114 cases last month.
The number of people who have died from the disease had doubled, from two to four in the space of one month.
In 2013, MPAJ recorded a total of 2,138 dengue cases.
“Taman Ukay Bistari (Residensi Bistaria apartments), Taman Melawati (Taman Melawati C) and Taman Datuk Ahmad Razali (Permai Puteri Condo) are still hotspot areas despite intensified efforts.
“The Residensi Bistaria apartments is classified as the area with the second highest number of dengue cases in the country, with 91 cases recorded in the area throughout the year.
“The area has been a hotspot for more than three months,” said Abd Hamid after chairing the MPAJ fullboard meeting on Wednesday.
He added that fortunately, there were no deaths from dengue in the area.
Abd Hamid said investigations at Residensi Bistaria revealed that the cemented ground floor parking for six of the blocks was uneven, allowing water to stagnate and becoming an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes.
He noted that one of the blocks was completely vacant, which had led to the place becoming an Aedes mosquito breeding ground because of the dirt and clogged drains within the structure.
“MPAJ staff have gone into the vacant block to clean up the area and eliminate potential mosquito breeding spots,” he said.
Statistics revealed that the apartments saw two dengue cases in 2012, 23 cases in 2013 and 91 cases from January to July 23 this year.
Abd Hamid said MPAJ had 21 Communication for Behavioural Impact (Combi) teams in Hulu Kelang working hard to combat the spread of dengue.
He also revealed that because the dengue situation was at a very serious level, the enforcement teams had been given the authority to enter abandoned premises to “search and destroy” mosquito breeding grounds without the normal notice issuance process.
He expressed deep concern that with people leaving the city to go back to their hometowns over Hari Raya next week, it could lead to a spike in Aedes mosquito breeding.
“Since last week, we have been sending out almost 500 circulars to schools, residential associations, Joint Management Bodies (JMB) and other relevant groups on the importance of eradicating mosquito breeding grounds, especially with the expected long Hari Raya break around the corner,” he said.
The fullboard meeting also saw the swearing-in of Imran Selamat as a new councillor for Zone 13. He replaced Ali Ismail, whose term ended recently.
Following the meeting, the councillors and other MPAJ staff members had a buka puasa session together.