MBSA launches Search-and-Destroy Aedes info bus

Dr Daroyah (in tudung) and Ahmad Zaharin (on her right) at the launch of the Seda-10 bus.

SHAH Alam City Council (MBSA) organised a health carnival with the Zone 3 Representative Council to educate residents on practising a healthy lifestyle and maintaining cleanliness in their environment to reduce dengue cases.

MBSA also launched the Search and Destroy Aedes 10 (Seda-10) information centre, which is an interactive bus that provides information about the Seda-10 programme to Shah Alam residents.

The bus carries interactive information to educate people about the importance of environmental health.

“In Selangor, MBSA is the first local authority to come up with an interactive bus and a platform for better exposure to our Seda-10 programme to encourage residents to spend 10 minutes to destroy Aedes mosquitoes,” said Shah Alam mayor Datuk Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad.

Ahmad Zaharin said MBSA also released 25,200 Wolbachia-carrying Aedes mosquitoes on May 13 and another 23,500 on May 19 as a method to control the dengue virus.

Wolbachia is a natural bacterium found in 60% of insects, including mosquitoes, but not usually in Aedes mosquitoes.

“The bacteria helps prevent viruses such as dengue, zika and chikungunya from growing inside the mosquito and will also reduce the lifespan of the mosquito,” said Selangor Health, Welfare, Women and Family Affairs committee chairman Dr Daroyah Alwi.

Dr Daroyah said when Aedes mosquitoes infected with the Wolbachia bacteria mate, their eggs will not hatch and this will naturally reduce the number of Aedes mosquitoes.

With a total of 6,268 dengue cases from January until mid-May 2017, MBSA hopes the residents will work together to maintain the cleanliness of the environment to prevent the breeding of mosquito larvae.

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