Stepping up efforts to stop dengue


  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 05 Sep 2020

Vidyananthan (third from left) with Hasni (right) at the Johor Perangi Denggi campaign launch in Pasir Gudang, Johor Baru. — NUR AISYAH MAZALAN/The Star

JOHOR BARU: Johor has recorded a total of 28 dengue-related deaths from January until Aug 15 this year, compared to 21 recorded deaths caused by the Covid-19 virus.

Johor health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said the state had recorded a total of 7,409 dengue cases during the same period, which is the third highest number of cases in the country.

He said 80% or 5,963 of the reported cases were recorded in Johor Baru.

“The state government will conduct a massive, repetitive, intensive and persistent (MRIP) approach in eradicating this virus to prevent it from escalating any further.

“We have reported 28 dengue-related deaths this year while only 18 deaths were recorded last year in the same period.”

He said this during a speech at the Johor Perangi Denggi campaign launched by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad at Dewan Taman Mawar in Johor Baru.

Vidyananthan said the main contributor to this issue was the public’s lack of attention to general cleanliness, especially the bad habit of throwing garbage in various places indiscriminately.

“This leads to the formation of Aedes breeding grounds.

“The dengue issue has continued to escalate and the current system can no longer control the spread of the virus, so that is why the state has come up with a drastic measure to stop this menace.

“We have devised six programmes to mobilise the public, local authorities, non-government agencies and all other relevant bodies to conduct a mass search-and-destroy exercise,” he added.

The six programmes are Dengue Advocate Leaders Initiative (IPAD), Communication for Behavioural Impact in Combating Aedes, 1 Hour Johor Clean Up, Community Dengue Watcher, Rumahku Bersih Bebas Aedes (MyHome Clean and Free From Aedes) and Dengue Free Mosque.

“We hope that the elected leaders under the IPAD programme can play their role and ensure that the other five programmes are running consistently and produce a positive result in reducing the number of recorded cases,” said Vidyananthan.

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