Spreading the dengue message

Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon (second from right) and Manjoi assemblyman Mohamad Ziad Mohamed Zainal Abidin (right) watching a Perak Health Department staff performing a dengue mist spraying at a disused mining pond at Kampung Datuk Ahmad Said Tambahan 2 in Manjoi. SAIFUL BAHRI/The Star

TAMAN Cempaka and Kampung Datuk Ahmad Said Tambahan 2 are among the areas identified by the authorities as dengue hotspots in Ipoh.

Perak Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said since December last year, 110 cases were reported in Taman Cempaka, with 104 cases reported in the village.

He said the high number of suspected dengue cases at Taman Cempaka has been attributed to illegal farming, unoccupied houses, construction waste and residents storing old and unwanted goods.

Dr Mah said over at the village, most of the cases reported were because of the illegal dumpsites, disused mining pools, unoccupied lots and clogged drains becoming ideal breeding ground for the Aedes mosquito.

“The health authorities are doing all it can to combat the outbreak as most of the cases has been attributed to a lack of environmental consciousness.

“Manjoi assemblyman Mohamad Ziad Mohamed Zainal Abidin has suggested that the five disused mining ponds at the village be turned into recreational areas to prevent people from throwing rubbish there,” he told reporters after inspecting the hotspot areas at the village last Saturday.

Earlier, Dr Mah attended a gotong-royong organised by the Ipoh City Council to clean up the affected areas in Taman Cempaka.

Dr Mah said there were 13 dengue-related deaths reported for the first six months of the year, compared to seven during the same period last year.

He said with the dengue outbreak, the cumulative dengue cases reached 5,564 compared to 2,554 cases during the same period in 2014.

“There is an increase of 3,010 cases or 117.9%.

“Kinta district tops with 4,092 cases reported and seven dengue-related deaths, followed by Manjung with 330 cases and two deaths, and Hilir Perak with 197 cases and one death.

“There was one dengue-related death reported each in Kuala Kangsar, Kampar and Kerian,” he added.

Dr Mah said the health authorities were working really hard to control the situation and he hoped the people would cooperate and keep their surroundings clean.

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