Clean up compounds to keep mozzies at bay, daycare centres told

DAYCARE centres (taska) under the purview of the Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ) have been told to clean up their compounds after mosquito breeding grounds were found in the garden of a centre in USJ14.

“Certain locations remain dengue hotspots despite our efforts to fog these places.

“Other than the challenge of not being able to enter residential premises for inspections due to houseowners’ resistance, another thing we discovered was that daycare centres have mosquitoes breeding in gardens,” said Subang Jaya deputy mayor Mohd Zulkurnain Che Ali after chairing the MBSJ full board meeting yesterday.

Inspectors from the Petaling Health District Office (PKD) found five breeding grounds during a check at a daycare centre in USJ14, and issued a notice for the operator to clean the premises within three days.

If they fail to do so, they would be taken to court and charged under the Destruction of Disease-Bearing Insects Act 1975.

“Upon conviction, the offender could be fined RM10,000 or jailed for two years, or both.

“In the case of the USJ14 daycare centre, no mosquito breeding grounds were found after three days so no further action was needed,” said Mohd Zulkurnain.

During the meeting, he said 1,825 positive dengue cases were recorded between Feb 19 and March 25 in Subang Jaya.

“This marks a two-fold increase in cases compared to the 965 cases during the same period last year. There are 16 dengue hotspots in MBSJ areas, 11 of which are at high-rises,” he added.

On another matter, city councillor Lee Jen Uyin raised the issue of an illegally built telecommunications tower in USJ 11/2 that had yet to be removed by the contractor.

“We have four such cases including another in Putra Heights.

“These telco towers were built as part of a project to expand the 5G network in Selangor,” said Mohd Zulkurnain.

The problem, he said, was that the contractor built the structures without getting planning permission from the city council and locations for the telco towers were unsuitable.

“For the USJ 11/2 case, we will ask the contractor to demolish the structure immediately,” he said.

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