Looks good: Ayub checking the sticker on dengue awareness on a taxi at JB Sentral.
JOHOR BARU: Taxi drivers here have been roped in to distribute survey forms to gauge the public’s knowledge on dengue.
State Environment and Health exco member Datuk Ayub Rahmat said the survey forms would be distributed to passengers over two months before being compiled and studied by the Health Ministry.
“At the same time, taxi drivers can remind their passengers of the dangers of dengue to raise more awareness as it has taken 18 lives in the state so far this year,” he said.
Ayub was speaking to reporters after launching the “Free of Dengue” and taxi sticker distribution programme at JB Sentral yesterday.
He said efforts needed to be intensified in view of the 45% rise of cases as compared with the same period last year.
“As of Aug 22, we recorded 3,623 cases with 18 deaths. Last year, there 2,434 cases with six deaths,” he said, adding cases continued to rise despite efforts to raise dengue awareness and campaigns to destroy Aedes mosquito breeding grounds.
He said spot checks had been conducted at 43,130 premises and 903 were found to be breeding grounds.
“We have issued 112 notices and 309 compound fines totalling RM154,500 so far,” he said.
Ayub also called for the people’s commitment towards combating dengue as the rising number of cases was alarming.