Anti-dengue checks at Klang construction sites next week

Ahmad Fadzli says construction sites found with mosquito larvae will be closed for three days pending clean-up.

CONSTRUCTION sites known for being mosquito breeding grounds will be inspected by Klang Municipal Council (MPK) health inspectors next week.

Council president Dr Ahmad Fadzli Ahmad Tajuddin said checks in these areas would be ramped up as a proactive measure to suppress potential Aedes mosquito breeding sites.

“We will contain the Aedes mosquito population through fogging, spraying larvicide and giving out Abate sachets to residents to be poured into drains with clear stagnant water.

“Emphasis is given to those living in dense neighbourhoods.

“Now, we are moving to construction sites, especially those located on the edge of residential areas, ” he said after chairing the council’s full board meeting.

Ahmad Fadzli added that the inspections were necessary to ensure developers and workers at construction sites were aware of the need to keep the area free of mosquitoes.

“Health inspectors and other council employees who conduct inspections will engage with the safety and health officer at the site.

“We will close the worksite for three days if mosquito larvae are found, to enable clean-up work.

“If the site is again found to have mosquito larvae at the next spot check, we will recommend to the Klang District Health Department that the contractor be hauled to court, ” he said.

Ahmad Fadzli added that between January last year and Feb 2 this year, the contractors of 22 construction sites in Klang were taken to court.

“Construction sites found with Aedes mosquito larvae were around Bandar Bukit Tinggi and Jalan Sungai Jati.

“Another four construction sites last year were issued with stop-work order for a week pending clean-up, ” he added.

Ahmad Fadzli added that as of Feb 20, Klang recorded 354 dengue cases compared to 2,592 cases during the same period last year – an 86.3% decrease.

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