SUBANG JAYA: A total of 201 dengue cases were recorded within the jurisdiction of the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) during the first week of July, says Selangor Health, Welfare, Women and Family Empowerment Committee chairman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud.
“There are currently 17 hotspots in the township. The Petaling district has the most number of cases in Selangor.
“The Subang Jaya municipality recorded 5,090 cases as of epidemic week 27 or July 6,” she said during the launch of an MPSJ-level search-and-destroy programme Sunday (July 14) in Puchong Utama Court 2, Puchong.
Dr Siti Mariah said the best way to combat dengue was through search-and-destroy programmes as it was practical.
“The key to curb this problem is consistency. We have taken many initiatives but if it is not consistent, it will happen again,” she said.
“Everyone, particularly residents and the local community, should play a role in reducing the dengue epidemic, such as by organising gotong-royong to ensure the cleanliness of their areas," she said.
Dr Siti Mariah, who also Seri Serdang assemblyman, added that the next step was to enforce laws such as issuing compound notices and summonses to those found guilty of having mosquito-breeding grounds within their premises.
The gotong-royong, which took place simultaneously in 17 other zones under MPSJ’s jurisdiction, was held in conjunction with state-level Asean Dengue Day launched earlier this month.
Apart from gotong-royong, activities such as larvicide spreading and fogging were also carried out.
MPSJ deputy president Mohd Zulkurnain Che Ali, who was also present at the event, said the momentum of coordinating gotong-royong had to be maintained.
“MPSJ has taken the initiative to conduct fogging almost daily. However, to depend only on fogging would not suffice,” he said.
“Sometimes the building owners do not allow us to fog inside their premises and this makes it difficult for us to detect if there is any breeding of Aedes mosquitoes.
“This shows the lack of participation and awareness of our citizens, which is why we need to have programmes like this,” said Mohd Zulkurnain.
The mega gotong-royong was held together with MPSJ Zone 15 Residents’ Committee (JKP), the Health Ministry’s Communication for Behavioural Impact (Combi) squad, Selangor State Health Department (JKNS), Petaling district health office (PKD Petaling), Fire and Rescue Department and Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Bhd (KDEB).
A “dengue squad” comprising pupils from SK Puchong Utama 2 also took part in the event. It is one of the schools participating in MPSJ’s Smart Gen 2019 programme.