‘Developers must do more to prevent spread of dengue’

Preventive measure:Dr Afif (right) and a Health Department officer applying Abate larvicide onto a mosquito breeding spot near SMJK(C)Heng Ee in George Town.

THE state government has reminded developers to put more effort in preventing the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes at their construction sites.

State Agriculture, Agro-based Industries, Rural Development and Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin said everybody should play their role to combat this menace as fatal cases have increased this year.

“Up till now, there are six dengue-related deaths this year in Penang, compared to three deaths last year,” he said during a visit to SMJK (C) Heng Ee recently.

“I wish to highlight this area as there have been cases involving students. The density here is also quite high,” he added.

Dr Afif later gave out repellants and larvicide (Abate sand granules) to the school and local residents.

Under the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974, any construction site found with more than three mosquito breeding spots within two weeks will be ordered close.

“It is best to emphasise on preventive measures,” Dr Afif said.

In the first five months this year, there have been 2,250 dengue cases reported, compare to 734 cases last year.

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