Dengue cases on the rise in Klang district

RESIDENTS in the constituencies of Sentosa, Pandamaran and Sungai Kandis in Selangor are reminded to dispose of rubbish properly to prevent trash from becoming an Aedes mosquito breeding ground.

Klang Municipal Council (MPK) Health Department director Azmi Muji said continuous rise in dengue cases in certain constituencies in the Klang district was due to the dense built-up and empty containers filled with rainwater.

He said discarded plastic bottles and cans, and single-use plastics were among the main places for mosquitoes to breed.

“Sentosa recorded 313 dengue cases, while Pandamaran and Sungai Kandis had 197 and 174 cases respectively since the start of this year.

“In total, Klang district recorded 1,597 cases in the 11 constituencies up until April 9,” he disclosed.

Azmi said clear stagnant rainwater in discarded containers and dried leaves around houses led to a weekly increase in dengue cases as well.

“Litter discarded everywhere except into the bins, is potential collector of rainwater.”

He stressed that dengue remained a serious public health threat.

“Concerted community effort is much needed in the fight against dengue.

“Each of us has a role to play to stop its spread.

“Everyone is encouraged to take 10 minutes a week to remove collected water from vases and flowerpot plates, as well as to put insecticide in roof gutters,” he said.

As part of its increased effort to combat dengue, MPK is working with the Klang District Health Department to step up dengue prevention efforts. — By EDWARD RAJENDRA

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