THE movement control order (MCO) has curtailed efforts by Ipoh City Council (MBI) to combat dengue, says Ipoh mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin.
He said it was one of the reasons why dengue cases had increased.
“During the MCO, our activities and ability to meet with the people on the ground are limited.
“The implementation of our Outbreak Prevention and Control Action Plan was also affected, ” he said in his speech when chairing MBI’s full board meeting at the city council’s headquarters.
“Despite the restricted movement, the city council is still able to carry out investigations as well as conduct fogging, larviciding and search-and-destroy activities.
“We have also made efforts to ensure basic activities such as clearing of undergrowth on road reserves and unclogging drains are done in stages since April 1.
“We have begun clearing away undergrowth on private land since the start of the conditional MCO on May 4.”
He added that another reason for the increase in dengue cases in Ipoh city was the continuous rainfall over the past few weeks.
It was reported that Perak had recorded an 11% increase in dengue cases to 1,351 cases, compared to 1,214 cases in the same period last year.
Kinta district is said to have the highest number, at 776 cases.
Rumaizi said in Ipoh alone, 606 cases had been recorded between January and the first week of May.
“It is more than double the number of cases within the same period last year which registered 225 cases, ” he said.
He also said as of May 12, some 23 localities had been identified to have dengue cases.
These included hotspots (outbreak for over 30 days) in Kampung Datuk Ahmad Said Tambahan with 33 cases, RPT Chepor (30), Taman Klebang Jaya (16) and Pekan Razaki (nine).
There were also outbreaks in Kampung Tengku Hussein Tambahan (six cases) and Jalan Chung Ah Meng, Pasir Putih (eight) along with 17 other locations in Perak’s capital city.
Rumaizi said the city council was working closely with the Kinta District and Perak Health departments to prevent and control dengue.
“We need cooperation from the people to keep their premises and surrounding areas clean to prevent Aedes mosquitoes from breeding, ” he added.
On an unrelated matter, Rumaizi said the city council was working with the Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre to create low-carbon zones in the city centre as Ipoh aimed to be a low-carbon city by 2030.
“We are also working with Universiti Teknologi Mara to prepare the blueprint for Ipoh Low Carbon City 2030.
“We expect the report to be ready by August, ” he elaborated.
Rumaizi proposed an urban farming programme to spur the economy in Ipoh.
“The main aim is to develop land with potential.
“We hope to have a joint venture with the State Agriculture Development Corporation and relevant agencies on this.
“This programme also encourages all local councils to move towards a Green Neighbourhood Concept as recommended by Housing and Local Government Ministry, ” he added.
Rumaizi also announced that MBI was planning to transform Ipoh into a “Food Valley City.”
“Ipoh is a city with potential to be a regional hub for gathering and distribution of food, in terms of raw ingredients in agriculture and manufacturing.
“This has been discussed with the Town Planning Department.
“I recommended this to be included in the Ipoh Local Plan 2035 draft as a reference for the city’s development, ” he added.
In line with the current MCO that had been extended to June 9, Rumaizi said the Urban Transformation Centre (UTC), Tun Razak Library, sports facilities and community halls would remain closed until further notice.
“Any decision to reopen the UTC will be made known once there are updates from Finance Ministry.
“Books that have been borrowed from the library and due are to be returned after the MCO.
“Also, community halls and sports facilities will not be available for rent over this duration, ” he added.
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