JOHOR BARU: Johor will launch a statewide cleanliness campaign “Go Clean” (Jom Bersih) next month to create better awareness on keeping the surroundings clean.
State Health and Environment chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmah said the campaign would be launched by Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin on March 8.
“The event will take place at the Johor’s Royal Town, Bandar Maharani in Muar,” he told reporters after delivering his New Year speech to the staff of the Johor Health Department.
Ayub said the main objective of the campaign was to educate the public on the importance of keeping their surroundings and environment clean and also promote the spirit of gotong royong.
He said concerted efforts were needed from all stakeholders in the pubic and the private sectors to ensure the campaign would succeed and achieve its target.
Ayub said focus would be given on cleaning up the dengue hot spot areas such as clogged drains and illegal dumpsites especially in the urban areas.
“Dengue cases are more prevalent in the urban areas especially in the housing estates compared with the rural areas,” he added.
Ayub said on that note, the state government would encourage all local councils in Johor to allocate about RM100,000 to set up their Vector Unit to combat dengue cases.
He said the state government had also directed the local councils to beef up their operations in monitoring and maintaining the cleanliness in their jurisdiction to prevent the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes.
“Local councils are answerable to the tax payers as they are collecting money from them and you have the responsibility to deliver the services to them,” said Ayub.
He said last year Johor recorded 6,324 dengue cases with 24 deaths against 4,828 cases in 2013 which also recorded 24 deaths.
Ayub said for January 2015, there were 701 dengue cases and two deaths – one each in Kota Tinggi and Johor Baru – compared with 591 cases in January 2014, with also two deaths.