5,051 cases of dengue in Hulu Langat

Rosli says there are 205 dengue cases reported weekly in MPKj’s areas.

HULU Langat district was the third highest in Selangor for dengue outbreaks with 5,051 cases involving nine deaths.

This was the official figure up to May 18.

Dengue cases in Hulu Langat increased by 244% compared to the same period last year.

Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) president Datuk Rosli Othman said the number of cases under MPKj’s jurisdiction was 3,704 with six deaths.

He said the total dengue cases reported in Selangor until May 18 was 28,336 with 27 deaths.

“Of the 70 localities under MPKj with outbreaks, there are eight hotspots in Kajang, Sungai Ramal, Balakong, Dusun Tua and Semenyih,” he said at the council’s monthly fullboard meeting in Menara MPKj yesterday.

He added that there were 205 reported dengue cases weekly under MPKj’s jurisdiction.

“There needs to be a collaborative effort between the council,

district and state departments to reduce the number of dengue cases.

“We cannot work in silos,” he said.

In the short-term, Rosli said MPKj had identified a number of hotspots for clean-up.

“One main reason for a dengue outbreak is indiscriminate rubbish dumping.

“If we cannot bring the number of dengue cases down to zero, we need to drastically reduce it,” he said.

On another matter, Rosli said there was availability of land in Semenyih for agricultural business for the B40 group.

He said with the challenging economy and rising cost of living, the lower income group was most affected.

“On MPKj’s part, we will ease the process of issuing licences to small businesses, and we will liaise with state authorities and relevant departments to streamline agricultural business opportunities to help the lower income group,” he added.

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