PJ steps up efforts to combat dengue


Mohamad Zahri says MBPJ has to be stern in its enforcement.

PETALING Jaya presently has seven dengue hotspots and its city council (MBPJ) is stepping up efforts to combat the scourge.

The hotspots are Apartment Idaman Fasa 2 at PJU 10, Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara in PJU 6A, SS21, SS4B, Kelana Puteri and Kelana Putera condominiums in SS7, and Apartment Medan Cahaya in PJS 2C.

Other areas with significant number of dengue cases are Saujana Damansara in PJU 10, Residensi Sunway Serene in Jalan SS8/2, Flat PKNS and Mentari Court in PJS8, PPR Lembah Subang 2 (Block A-E), The Arcuz in PJU 1, SS7, Flat Desa Mentari in PJS2 and Flat Taman Medan (Block A-E) in PJS 3.

“Combating dengue is a priority and we have to work together with stakeholders,” said Petaling Jaya mayor Mohamad Zahri Samingon during a press conference to mark his 100 days in office.

“If the relevant agencies can provide 20 staff, I will provide 40 staff from MBPJ to work with the District Health Office to bring down dengue numbers.”

He said it was necessary for MBPJ to be stern with enforcement, stressing that the fine was up to RM500 for each spot found with mosquito larvae.

He attributed the spread of dengue to the breeding of mosquitoes in clear, stagnant water in gardens, abandoned vehicles, among uncollected waste and in clogged drains.

Separately, the mayor said MBPJ had provided spaces at Taman Aman park that could be accessed by people with disabilities, through the implementation of universal design.

For its Inclusive Park for People with Disabilities project, the city council was honoured with the Malaysia Landscape Architects Award under the government category.

Mohamad Zahri said MBPJ had also embarked on upgrading schools in the city in line with its Child-Friendly City policy.

A fund was created on Nov 1 for this purpose, he said.

“As of last April, 46 schools have been upgraded by MBPJ at a cost of RM8.3mil.

“Some RM4.7mil is yet to be allocated to 16 schools that are in dire need of help,” he added.

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