‘Serve suspension in full’

Fogging being carried out by a team from the Health Department at Desa Bistari flats in Batu Uban following an outbreak of dengue cases.

CONTRACTORS in Penang who are served with the stop-work order for having mosquito breeding grounds at their building sites are required to serve the duration of the order in full.

“There will be no compromise, regardless if they clean up their site in two days.

“If the stop-work order served is for two weeks, they must stop work for two weeks,” state Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin told a press conference before taking part in a fogging exercise at the Desa Bistari flats in Taman Jerjak Indah, Batu Uban, on Thursday.

He said contractors have their own vector unit to check for mosquito breeding grounds at their construction sites.

“If the contractor receives a stop-work order, it means that the company’s vector unit is not doing its duty,” he added.

Dr Afif also said 2,132 dengue cases had been reported in the state until Sept 17 this year compared to 3,868 cases for the same period last year.

He said 12 dengue deaths were reported until Sept 17 compared to nine during the same period last year.

“There are currently two controlled outbreak areas, namely in Jalan Salween and the D’Piazza condominium locality,” he said.

He added that Desa Bistari flats was the sole uncontrolled outbreak locality.

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