Keeping Aedes at bay


Tan (fourth from right) with other volunteers cleaning up and spraying insecticide into a drain at Jalan Bayu to stop the Aedes mosquito from breeding there.

PASIR GUDANG: In the hope of preventing the spread of dengue in the township, a gotong-royong session was organised by developer UM Land for Seri Alam.

More than 100 people comprising employees of UM Land, Regency Specialist Hospital and SWM Environment Sdn Bhd as well as residents and members of non-governmental organisation Communication for Behavioural Impact (Combi) took part in the activity.

UM Land Seri Alam township division senior general manager Frankie Tan Kiat How said they started conducting gotong-royong sessions at its housing areas within Seri Alam in February last year.

“With the spike in dengue cases since earlier this year, we have increased the frequency of these activities.

“We would give notice to the residents a few days prior to the activity and those who are free would join us in keeping public areas of this place clean,” he said when met during the gotong-royong session here at Jalan Bayu.

He added that several dengue cases have been reported here in Jalan Bayu.

UM Land Group township director Wong Kuen Kong said the activity was conducted to support efforts from other agencies including the health department in keeping the disease at bay.

“The idea to organise another clean-up was mooted not only to create awareness but also as part of our outreach effort to the community. “This comes from a realisation that the responsibility of eradicating Aedes mosquitoes is not merely the government’s responsibility alone,” he said.

Meanwhile, one of the residents involved in the activity, private tutor K. Meera, 60, hoped such activity would inspire residents to be more proactive in keeping the housing area clean.

“Unfortunately, some residents leave the responsibility of cleaning public areas to the authorities and are only concerned about the cleanliness of their homes.

“I hope that the participation of the developer themselves in keeping this place clean would send a message to the public that stopping the spread of dengue is a shared responsibility among all parties,” she said.

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