Increase in dengue hotspots

An MPSJ worker carrying out a fogging exercise in Taman Puchong Perdana. — filepic

THERE are now 13 dengue hotspots in Subang Jaya municipality, from the previous six.

They comprise DK Senza Condominium (Jalan Taylors); Nadayu Residence (PJS 11/7); Lagoon Perdana (PJS 9/11); Kampung Kenangan, Batu 13; Main Place (USJ 21); Jalan USJ 2/5; Jalan Teratai; Jalan Puchong Perdana; Taman Puncak Kinrara 2 (Block A and B); Vista Pinggiran Putra; Lestari Perdana flats; Serdang Perdana (One South) and Serdang Perdana 5 (Sky Villa Block Kesidang and shoplots).

To-date, there are 121 dengue cases reported.

At the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) fullboard meeting, its president Noraini Roslan said many dengue cases centred around high-rise residential buildings because of the joint management bodies’ (JMB) failure to keep the areas clean, paving the way for Aedes mosquitoes to breed.

However, she said there was a drop in dengue cases from the end of 2017 to early this year, before it increased in June.

Noraini said the Selangor Health Department inspected all 13 hotspots, while MPSJ was asked to inspect three locations and clean up open areas at the high-rise residences.

She added that there could be other reasons for the increase in dengue cases, one of it being the buildings’ design.

At One South Serdang Perdana, the non-accessible air wells between individual lots are choked with rubbish, resulting in stagnant water when it rains, leaving room for mosquitoes to breed.

MPSJ Health director Dr Roslan Mohamed Hussin said warnings were issued to the JMB to clean up their premises immediately.

He said a RM500 fine would be imposed for each breeding spot found on the premises.

On the illegal dumpsite in Taman Pinggiran Putra, Seri Kembangan which caught fire during Hari Raya, Noraini said the operations centre at the site had been closed.

She said the road leading to the site was also closed to prevent vehicles from entering. A meeting with relevant parties would be held next week to discuss the next course of action.

Separately, MPSJ will discuss the need to make cleaning up of public spaces, around the boundary of houses and shops, compulsory.

This is following councillor Wan Hock Leong’s suggestion to compel the public to take responsibility in cleaning spaces outside their homes.

Noraini said current laws only allowed the council to fine those caught littering in public spaces, specifically land outside the boundary of houses or shops.

She said while it was not a law, they would discuss ways to enforce this.

“The idea is to keep public spaces clean where the responsibility should not lie solely with the council.

“People assume council workers will pick up the rubbish but they do not realise that it costs money.

“If all the funds collected from taxes are used on waste management, there will not be enough money for development and infrastructure,” she said.

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