Selangor introduces new committee to fight dengue

Selangor health executive councillor Dr Daroyah Alwi trying her hand at the fogging machine while Shah Alam Mayor Datuk Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad (left), MBSA's Public Health director Dr Roslan Fadzil (second from left) and MBSA's deputy Mayor Shukri Hamin.

THE increasing number of dengue cases in Selangor has forced its Mentri Besar to introduce a special committee to combat aedes mosquitos.

Datuk Seri Azmin Ali will be chairing the new committee comprising of three Selangor state portfolios including health, local government and housing.

Selangor health executive councillor Dr Daroyah Alwi said the committee will also comprise all mayors from the state, council presidents as well as a representative from the Health Ministry.

She said this during the launch of Search and Destroy Aedes 10 Minutes campaign by the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) at the Intekma Resort and Convention Centre earlier this afternoon.

"The first meeting will be held on Tuesday (April 12)  and we will look at ways to reduce and eliminate the number of hotspots and cases in the state,” she added.

Daroyah said the decision was made following the Selangor State Assembly which ended earlier this week.

A guest walks past a dengue exhibition booth set up at the launch of the Search and Destroy Aedes 10 minutes programme at Intekma Resort and Convention Centre in Shah Alam

During the state assembly, Daroyah was grilled by fellow assemblymen on Selangor’s increasing number of dengue cases, one of the highest in the country.

At the event she also informed reporters that the Health Ministry has introduced a month-long enforcement campaign at hotspots which will begin on April 11.

Those found with mosquito larvae in their homes would be fined RM500 as stated by the health ministry.

Daroyah said when the month long campaign is ends, they may consider extending it at the state level.

When asked if the fine will be increased, Daroyah said it would be unwise to do so, considering the current economic situation.

Selangor recorded the highest number of dengue cases this year, with 13,306 between January and March 2.

Of the 55 dengue-linked deaths recorded nationwide within the same period, 18 were from Selangor, which has the highest fatality number among the states.

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