KUALA LUMPUR: A pilot programme to fight dengue using a novel larvicide has been introduced by the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti).
The programme will target Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, and Kelantan which are the worst hit by dengue, said Minister Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin at the launch of the programme here yesterday.
“Dengue incidents (in the country) are very high and all of us want to see the cases reduced,” said Ewon, adding that Mosti is trying to help fight the menace using locally-made products.
The pilot programme utilises a mosquite larvicide that is the result of a collaboration between local firm Entogenex Industries Sdn Bhd and Mosti.
The year-long programme using the larvicide that incorporates a biological control agent in the form of a bacteria called Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis will run for a year in the three States, and its expansion beyond these areas will depend on its performance.
Also in the larvicide mix is a synthetic compound that prevents mosquito larvae from digesting protein, leading to their eventual demise.
The anti-dengue programme was held at the Nu Sentral shopping mall at Kuala Lumpur Sentral organised by building owner, Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd (MRCB).
According to MRCB group managing director Tan Sri Mohamad Salim Fateh Din, the corporation will start with Kuala Lumpur Sentral and move on to other dengue hotspots in Brickfields.
Also present at the launch was EntoGenex executive chairman Tunku Naquiyuddin Tuanku Jaafar.