Threefold increase in PJ dengue cases


an MBPJ health department worker putting larvicide in a drain.

DENGUE cases increased by a whopping 301% in Petaling Jaya compared to the same period last year.

A total of 4,349 cases were reported up to week 29 this year compared to only 1,577 cases during the same period in 2018, with 29 localities listed as dengue hotspots.

Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) councillor Raja Faizura Raja Mazlan highlighted the severity of the problem in her zone.

“The high-density, low-income neighbourhoods of PJS 2 and PJS 4 are the most affected by dengue cases,” she said at the council’s full board meeting.

On a separate matter, councillors Ong Swee Long and Ermeemarianna Saadon hoped for better road maintenance by MBPJ.Ong said there was an obvious difference in road conditions between the Damansara-Puchong Expressway and council roads.

He said the latter should be better maintained and any potholes must be patched within 24 hours.

“In 2015, the state government carried out a study on the issue of road conditions and suggestions were made on how best to rectify the problems.

“We should refer to these suggestions and apply them,” said Ong who proposed the council engage Grade A contractors for repair works.

Ermeemarianna said poor road conditions mainly affected motorcyclists.

“Roads that needs extra attention are Jalan Universiti (now Jalan Khoo Kay Kim) and in Taman Medan, Taman Dato’ Harun, Petaling Jaya Old Town and Petaling Jaya Utara.”

Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Sayuthi Bakar said not all roads were in bad condition but there was room for improvement.

Meanwhile, Smart Selangor Parking (SSP) app users will enjoy special promotions for each monthly top-up transaction until Aug 9.

For credit purchases of between RM50 and RM99, users will be given RM1 in free credit. Users who top up RM100 will be given RM3 in free credit, while those who top up between RM600 and RM699 will get credit of RM18.

There will be no changes to the existing parking rates through the app.

Sayuthi also congratulated department heads and the council for emerging as the best local council in Selangor with the highest score of 97.6% in 2018.

“All the local councils in Selangor received five-star ratings. In fact, MBPJ was the third best in the country,” he said.

The grading was based on the council’s achievements on criteria such as management, core services and customer service.

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