More dengue deaths in Selangor

Selangor government is stepping up efforts to deal with the dengue epidemic as the number of cases remains high. — filepic

DENGUE continues to be on high alert in Selangor with all the local councils raising the matter at their respective monthly full board meeting.

Klang recorded three deaths in January while Petaling Jaya and Ampang Jaya recorded one death each.

At the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) meeting, it was learnt that there were 3,199 reported cases.

Stating that the matter had gone out of control, MPK deputy president Adi Faizal Ahmad Tarmizi said the council now resorted to issuing compounds to residents instead of its usual warning notices.

“We are taking stricter action now because previously when notices were issued, residents did not seem to take it seriously so we are now issuing compounds on the spot,” he said, adding that the compounds were RM1,000 each and if residents failed to pay, they would be hauled to court.

Since January, MPK has issued 14 compounds to residents.

“We are also working with the Klang Health Department to eradicate dengue and noticed that the rise in dengue was due to the lack of public education,” he said.

Port Klang assemblyman Azmizam Zaman Huri, who was also present at the meeting, said his office was open to any residents who want to hold a gotong-royong to clean up their neighbourhood.

The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) meeting learnt of the one death due to dengue and that the city has almost 300% increase in cases until week eight of this year compared to last year.

The death was recorded at Gugusan Melur Section 4, Petaling Jaya Utara in Kota Damansara.

There were 1,097 cases recorded since early this year as compared to only 278 cases same time last year, said Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain.

“Both Shah Alam and Subang Jaya have higher number of dengue cases as compared to Petaling Jaya, but we are still concerned.

“Gotong-royong sessions are important but we need to also inspect inside the houses at all hotspots,” said Mohd Azizi.

There are 23 dengue hotspots in Petaling Jaya, namely Section 14 (Jalan 14/29 to Jalan 14/49), Apartment Kelana Idaman in PJU1A, SS2, Palm Spring Condo 2 in PJU 3, Section 6 PJU 5 in Kota Damansara, Mentari Court in PJS8, Kelana Putera Condo in SS7, Apartment Bayu in Damansara Damai and Apartment Rampai Idaman in Damansara Damai.

The city has formed 238 search-and-destroy teams since 2014 to inspect, identify and destroy mosquito breeding grounds in neighbourhoods.

Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) areas have recorded 1,857 dengue cases so far this year.

From Feb 17 to 23, 36 hotspots were recorded with Lestari Putra 4, Lestari Putra 6, Batu 13 Kampung Tengan and USJ 9/3K until USJ 9/3P being declared hotspots for over 100 days.

MPSJ deputy president Mohd Zulkurnain Che Ali said the council together with the Petaling District Health Office have had dialogues with residents to get them involved in the fight against dengue.

However, he said there were problems in strata areas where the local council would have to engage with foreigners to get them to keep the surroundings clean.

Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) president Datuk Abdul Hamid Hussain at the full board meeting said there were 792 cases reported with one death since Jan 1.

He hoped the Dengue Action Committee (MTD), chaired by each councillor, would help mobilise residents to prevent the spread of the disease.

Currently, there are six dengue hotspots in Ampang – Bandar Baru Ampang (Flat Sri Nilam), Taman Nirwana (Jalan Nirwana 24, 35 to 46), Taman Kosas (Chancellor Condominium), Jalan Jelatek (Sri Maya Condo) and Lembah Jaya Utara (Flat Desa Permai).

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