THE Selangor government has approved RM25,000 for the Subang Jaya Municipal Council’s (MPSJ) Toxo (Toxorhynchites) mosquito laboratory.
State Health, Entrepreneur Development, Science, Technology and Innovation Committee chairman Dr Daroyah Alwi said MPSJ is currently the only council in Selangor releasing Toxo mosquitoes at dengue hotspots.
Dr Daroyah said the council has seen positive results in two locations including Kampung Aman and USJ 16.
They have now released the mosquitoes in Puchong Jaya.
“There has been a reduction in the number of dengue cases where the Toxo mosquitoes were released. The affected areas are also no longer considered hotspots,” she added.
If the programme is successful, the state may introduce it in other districts.
Four districts in the state, namely Petaling, Hulu Langat, Gombak and Klang are experiencing a high number of dengue cases.
Petaling district which includes Subang Jaya, Petaling Jaya and Shah Alam recorded 6,887 cases and eight deaths with 2,820 cases alone in Subang Jaya up to March 24.
Hulu Langat recorded 3,860 cases and 12 deaths, Gombak had 1,768 cases and two deaths while Klang saw 3,031 cases with three deaths.
Dr Daroyah said this during MPSJ’s 2016 Search and Destroy Aedes campaign in Taman Lestari Putra in Seri Kembangan.
The campaign was held at all 24 residents committee zones under MPSJ’s jurisdiction simultaneously.
Present were MPSJ president Datuk Nor Hisham Dahlan, Seri Serdang assemblyman Noor Hanim Ismail as well as Zone 19 councillor M. Anbarasan.
Nor Hisham said Subang Jaya has 51 dengue hotspots,
Some 50 students from the nearby Cyberjaya University also helped to look for Aedes mosquito larvae in the neighbourhood.
Residents were also briefed on the methods used to kill larvae including abate, Toxo as well as breeding guppies in ponds.
There was also an anti-dengue exhibition including information on the Aedes and Toxo mosquitoes life cycles as well as possible breeding grounds.