ROADS were swept, drains were cleared and plants trimmed during a gotong royong held in Seberang Jaya, Penang.
Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) workers cleaned the residential area of Taman Tenggiri in the ‘Penang Sihat 2015 Gotong-Royong’ programme.
Parents together with their children also took part in a garbage collecting competition and learned about preventing mosquito breeding at an exhibition by the Health Department.
Present for the programme’s launching were Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, Seberang Jaya assemblyman Dr Afif Bahardin, MPSP president Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Penang health director Datuk Dr Zailan Adnan and state executive council members.
In his speech, Dr Afif said the programme was organised concurrently in all 40 constituencies in the state as part of an initiative to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.
“In 2013, seven deaths from dengue were recorded and last year, that number increased to 11. There were also 3,141 dengue cases reported last year.
“This year, there are already two deaths from dengue fever,” he said.
Later at the Tan Si Eng Chuan Tong Clan Association hall in Jalan Kampung Paya, Lim handed over RM100 aid each to 660 poor students from 17 primary and five secondary schools in the Bagan constituency.
The list of students, 30 from each school, was prepared by the school authorities to ensure that only the deserving got the aid.
Since 2011, the Bagan parliamentary has given RM220,000 to poor students in Bagan Dalam, Bagan Ajam and Sungai Puyu.
Over on the island, some 50 residents conducted a gotong royong at the Batu Lanchang flats in Jalan Tan Sri Teh Ewe Lim.
Batu Lanchang assemblyman Danny Law Heng Kiang said his constituency was badly hit by dengue this year.
“There are already at least 10 dengue cases reported in the Batu Lanchang flats,” said Law.
Brochures on dengue fever, places to purchase mosquito repellent and Abate 1.1G were also given out to the residents during the event.