Over 100% surge in dengue cases

Residents in Ampang Jaya have been told to be mindful of their surroundings to combat the rising number of dengue cases. — Filepic

AMPANG Jaya residents are advised to take the dengue threat seriously as there is a 106% increase in cases so far compared to the corresponding period last year.

Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) president Datuk Abdul Hamid Hussain said 2,355 dengue cases were recorded from Jan 1 to June 25 this year, with three deaths. In the corresponding period last year, there were only 1,268 cases.

“This is a worrying trend, so we are asking residents to be mindful of their surroundings and conduct search and destroy programmes within their homes.

“Residents tend to rely on fogging when there is a dengue outbreak, but it is the least effective method to control the mosquito population.

“We hope that joint management bodies and management corporations will also cooperate with us when we send teams to check their areas for breeding sites, especially in hotspot locations,” said Abdul Hamid after the council’s monthly full board meeting.

There are currently nine dengue hotspots in the municipality, including Sri Maya Condominium, Kampung Ampang Campuran, Kampung Bukit Sungai Puteh, Apartmen Sri Putri and Flat Taman Kosas.

Meanwhile, an environmental report on the proposed anaerobic digestion plant in Taman Dato Ahmad Razali is being prepared by Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation Sdn Bhd, said Abdul Hamid

The report, comprising technical and safety elements of the project, will be ready in two weeks.

“We understand the concerns expressed by nearby residents so this will help allay their fears.

“We hope residents will not reject the idea wholesale as there are benefits to the project,” he said.

Residents were opposed to having the plant at an open space beside Kojaya Kondominium as it would be located in a densely populated area.

Meanwhile, MPAJ councillor Lee Wee Ngiap has tendered his resignation effective next month.

Abdul Hamid said Lee, who is in charge of Zone 24, cited business commitments as his reason for leaving.

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