MIRI: A massive campaign is underway in Miri district to clear rubbish and destroy mosquito breeding grounds in two housing areas hit by a dengue outbreak.
Some 16.4 tonnes of rubbish were collected over one day in Taman Tunku during the campaign led by the Miri City Council (MCC).
Miri mayor Adam Yii said Taman Tunku and Tudan housing estates – both located about 15km from the city centre – were confirmed as dengue hot spots.
The estates have a combined population of about 120,000 residents.
“The Health Department has confirmed that there is one death in Taman Tunku due to dengue fever, and 248 confirmed dengue cases in Miri, ” Yii told reporters, adding the situation was alarming.
“The city council is going all out to seek public cooperation to clean up the city, especially in the two affected areas of Taman Tunku and Tudan, ” he said, pointing to the blatant cases of rubbish dumping and clogged drains in many areas in the city.
Yii said that a massive cleaning up campaigns are being organised via gotong-royong with residents’ groups and community bodies.
He said MCC had earlier formed the MCC Dengue Outbreak Group on Aug 16 to tackle the problem. Among the actions that were taken then included flushing the drains and compounding those with illegal extensions at Taman Tunku.
On Monday, state Health Department director Dr Jamilah Hashim confirmed that a 68-year-old man from Taman Tunku was the first dengue fever fatality recorded in Miri this year.
The man was admitted to the Miri Hospital middle of last month after being suspected of contracting the disease.