MIRI: There is a danger that the constant heavy rain in recent weeks may have resulted in new mosquito breeding grounds mushrooming all over Miri City and its surroundings.
The heavy rain over the past month or so had made it a necessity to immediately carry out fresh rounds of mosquito-eradication programme in order to make sure the dengue disease would not explode, said Sarawak Assistant State Minister for Communications Datuk Lee Kim Shin.
Lee, who is Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) vice president and state assemblyman for Senadin, is personally leading another round of public campaign to clean up streets and public places to get rid of breeding grounds that mosquitoes had found following the past month of rain.
Yesterday, Lee went to the Mosjaya Commercial Centre with Miri Mayor Lawrence Lai and SUPP leaders and members from the Riam sub-branch to carry out a gotong-royong at the market place to clean up those water-logged places that are potential mosquito breeding places.
They were joined by staff from the Miri City Council, the Miri Medical Department and the residents’ committee.
Lee, who is also Assistant State Minister for Sports, and the team went around talking to shopkeepers and members of the public to urge them to also play their role in tackling the dengue problem.
They also distributed leaflets and information brochures on the dengue threat.
Lee said the people needed to be reminded often about how fast the dengue threat could surface and spread.
“It is necessary to keep a constant alert on the dengue threats, especially now, following the heavy rain during the past month or so which had affected Miri City as well.
“We must put in an effort to clean up the streets and backlanes to remove all mosquito-breeding grounds.
“Water-logged places must be cleaned up as soon as possible,” he stressed.
Lee and the SUPP have been actively involved with numerous projects to help improve the living conditions of the rakyat in his constituency, Miri City and the outskirts.