MIRI: A massive operation will be needed to clean up Miri, especially the squatter area near Miri Riverfront commercial centre.
Piasau assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting said a major clean-up campaign was vital to combat outbreak of dengue and Zika.
“The district office and city council had held a meeting with Health Department and other relevant authorities to discuss an effective cleanliness campaign for Miri.
“There are a number of areas that need clean-up urgently. One of those sites is the waterfront area,” Ting said.
There are hundreds of squatter huts in a densely populated area along the riverbank of Miri waterfront. The area also houses dozens of shops, eateries and offices.
Ting said he suggested at the meeting that such a campaign should have participation from companies, community organisations and volunteer groups.
Non-governmental groups could help government agencies via gotong-royong projects, he said.
“If everybody cooperates, I am confident we will be able to clean up Miri.
“We need to come up with a proper plan on how to organise regular cleaning instead of treating the proposed campaign as a one-off affair,” he added.
The clean-up plan follows a high alert for Zika in the country. The virus of both dengue and Zika is spread by the Aedes mosquito. Zika can also be transmitted through sexual contact and blood transfusion.
Asked about Zika, Ting said so far there was only one case in Miri.
A 35-year-old housewife, who is two-month pregnant, has been tested positive for Zika. She is now warded at Miri Hospital.
A cleaning and fogging operations will be carried out today by Miri District Office and Miri City Council at sites near the riverfront and Yi Ha Hai Restaurant.