Joint effort to eradicate dengue

1 The concealed drains along Jalan Kubah that have accumulated debris over the years were cleared by MBSA contractors.

BUKIT Jelutong has become one of the latest dengue hotspots.

In the residential area of Jalan Kubah, 73 individuals have come down with the disease since October.

In total, 131 dengue cases have been reported in Bukit Jelutong with Jalan Kubah recording the highest number.

The Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) and residents of Jalan Kubah held a joint house-to-house inspection for Aedes mosquito larvae.

More than 100 people, comprising residents and MBSA officers, turned up at Dewan Kosmos, in Jalan Jendela U8/20 for the exercise.

They were first briefed by Kota Anggerik assemblyman Yaakob Sapari who highlighted that there had been 13 deaths from dengue in Selangor so far this year.

He urged residents to inspect their homes for mosquito breeding grounds.

“Residents can control the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes in and around their homes,” he said.

Yaakob added that local councils should also concentrate on vacant homes to ensure they do not become breeding grounds for Aedes mosquitoes.

The Selangor Health Department also set up a booth in the hall to educate everyone on the dangers of dengue and how to keep their premises clean.

The participants, who were grouped into 30 teams, inspected houses in U8/52, U8/60 and U8/61 for dengue breeding grounds

Residents were not given compound notices if mosquito larvae was found but were instead asked to clean their premises.

P.S. Koh was the first to have her home inspected.

Koh’s corner house faces the construction site of a mixed development project along Jalan U8/61.

“Most of those who had dengue fever live closer to the construction site.

“Three out of five family members have contracted dengue with the last case on Jan 9,” she said.

Basil John Fernandez who lives close to Koh, said that their area had never been fogged until recently.

He said the main contractor for the project only conducted fogging in the area recently.

Fernandez added that only on the day of the spot check, did MBSA contractors clean the clogged drains, the first time it has been done in 15 years.

He said though dengue cases in the area was on the rise, action from the authorities was lacking.

“Despite three cases of dengue in my household, I was not contacted and no proactive measures were instituted to address the situation.”

MBSA deputy secretary Rosli Bakar said fogging would not help resolve the rising number of dengue cases.

The onus, he said, was on residents to clear their homes of dengue breeding spots.

This was the second major exercise held in the area to deal with the dengue problem.

On Jan 18, a joint gotong-royong was held in Jalan Kubah.

The developer was also slapped with a two-week stop-work order by the Petaling District Health Department last month.

Rosli said checks would continue at the construction site to ensure cleanliness is maintained.

MBSA has established a Dengue Operations Room for dengue-related issues.

The number to call is 03-5522 2793 during office hours.

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