MPK all out to destroy Aedes breeding sites

HEALTH inspectors with Klang Municipal Council (MPK) are visiting schools in the district to ensure that water storage containers are tipped over and flush cisterns and toilet bowls are covered in a bid to eliminate Aedes mosquito breeding sites.

In view of the two-week school holiday period starting today, MPK Health Department inspectors have been going to primary schools to create awareness as a proactive step.

Its director Azmi Muji said as the school would be empty of pupils, it needed to ensure that all measures were taken to eradicate potential mosquito breeding sites.

“Clean water will be in toilet bowls, cisterns, buckets and edge of the rims. The unused water becomes an ideal site for mosquitoes to breed. Time and again, our health inspectors find Aedes larvae in school toilets or places with stagnant water,” he said when met at his office.

It is learnt that health officers found Aedes larvae in cisterns without lids at certain primary schools.

Azmi added that a bottle cap with water was enough for mosquitoes to breed.

“Our environmental health officers inspected 45 primary schools out of 94, asking pupils to identify and remove potential breeding sites and educating them on Aedes mosquitoes,” he said.

Azmi confirmed that 5,436 dengue fever cases were recorded in Klang district from Jan 1 to May 19, with three deaths. Two deaths were in Pulau Indah while the other in Kapar Indah.

Pupils at a primary school in Klang district checking a plate for mosquito larvae.

MPK issued 35 notices to primary schools to have their premises cleaned up.

For the 39 secondary schools, the Klang District Health Department is conducting checks.

“Our health inspectors are going to schools, especially those within the 5km radius of current hotspots such as Taman Meru, Taman Sentosa Perdana, Jalan Haji Abdul Karim in Taman Klang Ria, around Kuarters Institusi Pendidikan in Kampung Jawa, Apartment Sri Ayu in Bandar Putera and Taman Desawan off Jalan Langat.

Azmi also advised all homeowners to turn over water receptacles while away for the holidays.

MPK issued 109 compounds of RM500 each to shops in commercial areas after finding Aedes larvae.

“We urge people to keep the spread of dengue in check.

“We want people to turn over all water storage containers as well as clear debris and blockages and add insecticide in roof gutters. Source reduction that involves search and destroy is still the best way to control dengue,” he said.

Azmi added that for gardens, the organic approach was to sprinkle salt to kill the larvae.

“It takes a concerted effort to reduce the number of breeding grounds,” he said.

Classic symptoms of dengue are high fever, headache, body ache (both muscle and bone), weakness, vomiting, sore throat, altered taste sensation and a centrifugal maculopapular rash.

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