MBPJ sees drop in dengue cases

A TOTAL of 207 dengue cases were reported in Petaling Jaya as of end February.

In the seventh week of this year, 17 cases were reported, which was a 39% reduction from the previous week of 27 cases.

Petaling Jaya mayor Mohd Sayuthi Bakar said no new deaths were reported.

“In total, there are five new localities for dengue cases.

“No new outbreaks, no uncontrolled outbreaks or hotspot outbreak localities were recorded, ”

he said at Petaling Jaya City Council’s (MBPJ) first full board meeting of the year.

He said there were 3,814 dengue cases in Petaling Jaya last year with four deaths, while in 2019, there were 7,743 cases including four deaths.

Mohd Sayuthi said MBPJ checked 352 premises and conducted fogging at 24,182 sites as part of its dengue prevention exercise and to control the spread of the disease.

He said 52 premises were found to be breeding Aedes mosquitoes.

On the matter of road congestion, he said MBPJ would change the two-way traffic flow on Jalan PJU 10/1 to one way from March to June on a three-month trial basis.

“This one-way street loop will start at the traffic light junction of Jalan PJU 10/1, near SK Damai 1 in Damansara Damai PJU 10.

“The purpose of this one-way street system is to reduce congestion as well as facilitate traffic movement in the area.

“During this period, the city council will monitor traffic in Jalan PJU 10/1 and surrounding roads to gauge the safety and effectiveness of the new system.”

He said MBPJ received positive feedback from motorists and residents in the area to carry out the three-month one-way street plan.

“There were no strong objections based on the notice that was disseminated, ” he added.

Mohd Sayuthi said the city council anticipated that road capacity and safety in the affected areas would be improved during the trial period.

“In addition, we expect the changes that we are testing will ease traffic congestion at intersections as well as help with traffic dispersion on roads surrounding the school.

“MBPJ will evaluate the level of effectiveness after the trial period.

“If congestion is reduced during the three months and we receive positive feedback from road users and residents, we will then consider implementing the one-way street permanently, ” he said.

On the Covid-19 vaccine, Mohd Sayuthi said some top Selangor government leaders had already been vaccinated.

“I am not sure if MBPJ councillors are on the list of (priority) recipients, but our frontliners can be given priority.

“As for me getting the vaccination, it may be next week or after that, ” he said.

On the city council’s revenue, Mohd Sayuthi said that as of Jan 31, MBPJ collected RM25.06mil compared to RM32.56mil during the corresponding period last year, a reduction he attributed to the economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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