THE authorities expressed disappointment over Kuala Lumpur residents’ lackadaisical attitude in fighting the dengue menace when only a few attended the “Gotong-Royong Mega”.
“I am very disappointed to see the number of residents who came to join Kuala Lumpur Health Department’s gotong-royong today,” said Bandar Tun Razak Umno vice-chairman Nor Azman Sallehuddin.
He said the main purpose of the activity was to inculcate concern for the environment and to educate residents on prevention of breeding Aedes mosquitoes.
“But the majority failed to participate in this meaningful event,” he said when launching the clean-up held simultaneously in several areas including Pangsapuri Sri Penara, Flat Taman Mulia, and Kem Sungai Besi (UPNM) in Cheras, Plaza Low Yat in Lembah Pantai, Flat Mutiara Magna in Kepong, Desa Tun Hussein Onn (Blok E) in Titiwangsa, and Apartment Parcel 5R3 in Presint 5, Putrajaya.
Also at the launch was Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya Health Department director Dr Zainudin Abdul Wahab.
A total of 2,747 dengue cases and 10 deaths were reported in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya this year, said Nor Azman, adding that the contributory factor here was a dirty environment and the bad habit of littering.
He added that despite numerous campaigns and activities by the Government to fight dengue, many people were still not doing the needful to exterminate Aedes mosquito.
“The lack of participation among residents is mainly due to lack of awareness of the danger of Aedes,” he told reporters.
“In the future, we may have to change our method, whereby, we should approach house to house to demonstrate ways to prevent dengue,” he said.
Residents in dengue hotspot areas should step up their game by being less arrogant and being more concerned about the cleanliness of their area.
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