Dengue threat still looms

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 22 Sep 2020

Health Department officers taking samples to check for mosquito larvae in Bandar Baru Uda, Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: Dengue continues to be a problem in Johor, with 8,707 reported cases as of Sept 12, a 6.2% increase from last year’s corresponding period.

Johor Health director Dr Aman Rabu said there were also 32 dengue-related deaths this year, compared with 21 deaths in the same period last year.

As such, he said, enforcement operations conducted as part of “Johor Fights Dengue” campaign would continue to remind the public that fighting the virus was a shared responsibility.

“On Sept 19, the state Health Department carried out enforcement operation in Bandar Baru Uda, which is identified as a dengue hotspot with 156 dengue cases recorded from Jan 1 to Sept 12,” he elaborated.

“The area was also chosen because the residents there had been uncooperative and did not allow officers to inspect their premises for Aedes breeding grounds,” he said in a statement.

He said 1,014 premises were checked during the operation and 14 of them had Aedes breeding spots.

“We also found 26 public places with plastic containers and unattended flower pots that had turned into mosquito breeding spots.

“The public needs to play a more active role in our fight against dengue and keep their homes and surroundings clean and free from mosquito infestation,” added Dr Aman.

Aside from that, business operators should also ensure that their premises and surroundings were clean and that they disposed of garbage properly, he said.

Dr Aman reminded the public to seek help at the nearest clinic if they experienced fever or displayed dengue symptoms.

“They should also give full cooperation to the authorities by providing accurate information about their background for health authorities to conduct fogging and tracing efforts to prevent the further spread of dengue.”

He said those with premises found with mosquito breeding grounds were issued a RM500 compound.

If they failed to pay up, they could be charged in court and slapped with a fine of up to RM10,000 or up to two years’ imprisonment, or both if convicted, he added.

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