Waging war on Aedes

JOHOR BARU: Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP) has introduced the “one house, one person” programme as part of measures to fight the dengue menace.

The pilot programme, if found effective, will be expanded to other areas under the council’s jurisdiction.

MBIP councillor Mohd Hatta Kasrah said that under the programme, one person from every household would be designated to look for potential breeding sites in and around their premises and clear them.

“It is a preventive measure and all must support and work with us to prevent cases of dengue fever,” he said.

He announced that Taman Teratai, Skudai here had been selected as a testing ground for the programme.

“We want to gauge its effectiveness in reducing the number of dengue cases.

“So far this year, three dengue cases have been recorded in Taman Teratai,” he said at a dengue awareness campaign at Dewan Raya Taman Teratai here.

Mohd Hatta said some 200 heads of families had been selected to participate in the programme to be held until September.

“Those designated to keep their families safe from Aedes mosquitoes must carry out checks at least once a week, not only inside but also outside their premises, such as drains and flower pots where there is stagnant water and where the larvae breeds.

“They can rope in family members to help look for and destroy the breeding sites.”Mohd Hatta explained that the programme was a joint effort by MBIP and SWM Environment Sdn Bhd (SWM Environment), Kulai health office and Kawasan Rukun Tetangga (KRT) Taman Teratai.

He said MBIP had donated six wheelbarrows and other cleaning equipment to help KRT Taman Teratai carry out the “one house, one person” programme in its area.

On another matter, he said MBIP, with help from KRT Zon Jalan 2, Taman Sri Pulai Perdana, would distribute 2,000 face masks to the residents in the area.

KRT Zon Jalan 2 chairman Choong Thong Yuen, said MBIP had distributed 8,000 face masks to residents as part of its social programme during the initial phase of the movement control order.

“The residents appreciate the caring act,” he said.

He added that all were aware that besides fighting the dengue menace, residents had to adhere to the standard operating procedures put in place by the government to curb the spread of Covid-19.smission.

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