THE spike in dengue cases in the Kinta district has got residents there worried.
Taman Klebang Jaya and Taman Silibin have been identified as two of the hotspots.
Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye said changes in weather and dengue strains had contributed to the hike.
A civil servant who stays in Taman Silibin Ria said the area was filled with stray dogs that would tear open rubbish bags looking for food scraps.
The teacher who declined to be named said the drains were also not cleaned regularly.
“There was also an overflow of water from a sewage tank nearby. I have not see any fogging in this area for more than five years,” she claimed.
Another resident, Dharminder Singh, said irresponsible residents dump rubbish into drains and other open areas.
“The drains become clogged turning them into mosquito breeding grounds,” he said.
Dharminder also claimed that Ipoh City Council workers only clean the area whenever there is a complaint.
“Otherwise the place is left in a mess most of the time,” he added.
Several others interviewed said it boils down to attitude.
Housewife Kamaliah Zailan, 56, said cleanliness had always been a priority for her.
She added that she could never bear to see a dirty place, what more visit it.
“We should try to keep our houses neat and tidy. Some people like to hoard stuff and never throw anything away. Not only will mosquitoes breed there but rats, cockroaches and snakes as well,” she said.
Kamaliah added that not only would these people be putting the lives of their family in danger but also the whole neighbourhood.
“It is the responsibility of everyone to ensure that their surroundings are clean.”
University student Jeffrey Fong, 25, said he always made sure flower pot trays are cleaned and dried.
“Even if the drains outside my house are stagnant with water, I will clear it,” he added.
Wan Azizah Wan Ibrahim, 62, said she spends two hours daily to maintain her garden.
However, she noted there were several houses in her neighbourhood that are unkempt.
Hairdresser Alvin Moo, 52, said to prevent getting bitten from mosquitoes, he makes sure his house windows and doors are closed by 6pm.
“Several people in my neighbourhood have come down with dengue so I do not want to take any chances.”
Moo said if everybody takes the necessary steps, the number of dengue cases would definitely go down.