Overall, the number of reported dengue cases came to 1,903 within the MPAJ area as of May 24.
Measures to control the problems ranged from traditional search-and-destroy tactics for inspecting and ridding areas of mosquito breeding grounds to employing biological methods like inoculating Aedes mosquitoes with the Wolbachia bacteria to control their breeding.
The method was carried out in hotspot Taman Keramat AU2 on March 28 with the cooperation of the Institute of Medical Research (IMR), said MPAJ president Abdul Hamid Abdul Hussain at a meeting with councillors today (May 26).
“We organised the Clean Back Alleys Free of Aedes Programme (LOBBA) implemented in Pandan Jaya, Taman Saga, Taman Melawati F, Kg Klang Gate, Pandan Indah and Pandan Perdana.
“A study on the level of mosquito resistance to the chemicals used has also been carried out in the hot spot locale, Taman Melawati F.
“A total of 120 ovitraps were installed in and around the premises and school in the area on March 16. The results of the tests are still being studied by the IMR," said Abdul Hamid.
He added that a briefing was held between the cleaning contractor KDEB Waste Management Sdn Bhd (Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Bhd) and the council on May 24.
“The Operation Gotong-Royong Programme at hotspots is being carried out until May 30 alongside our taskforce members from each of the council’s departments at specific locations.
The hotspots that have been identified include Bandar Baru Ampang’s Sri Nilam Flat, Pandan Perdana, Pandan Mewah’s Pandan Height Condominium, Taman Bukit Indah’s Orkid Apartments, Sri Angsana Hilir Condominium, and Taman Keramat.
Several areas in Kampung Tasik Tambahan, Taman Kosas and Bandar Baru Ampang’s Gladden Court were also in the list.
The hardest hit area was Pandan Mewah with 27 reported dengue cases.