DENGUE cases on the Penang mainland have increased drastically compared with last year.
Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) secretary Rosnani Mahmod said 140 cases with 12 deaths were reported compared to only 10 with eight deaths last year.
“Since the beginning of the year, a total of 1,531 dengue cases have been reported in central Seberang Prai. There were 449 cases in north Seberang Prai and 250 in south Seberang Prai.”
She said seven locations in central Seberang Prai including Taman Siakap and Perkampungan Berapit were declared as hotspot areas, adding that cleanups had been carried out in these areas.
Rosnani was speaking to reporters after a full council meeting chaired by MPSP president Datuk Rozali Mohamud at the council’s headquarters in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam, recently.
Rozali said that following the drastic rise of dengue cases, MPSP formed a special squad comprising 120 people.
Squad members are council workers, health department staff and Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK) members.
“A weekly schedule has been drawn up to clean the hotspots. They will work from 8am to noon and 2pm to 4pm daily.
“The squad members started by cleaning up the People’s Housing Project schemes in Ampangan, Taman Machang Bubok and Taman Sejahtera Indah,” he said.