Has enough been done to combat dengue menace?

By Brian Martin 

PRABAKARAN'S habit of watering his garden every evening at 6pm may have endangered his life. 

Over the last three days, Praba from Section 10, Petaling Jaya, has not been able to indulge in his favourite hobby simply because he has been driven into his home by hordes of mosquitoes.  

"This has never happened before, and I suspect it's because of stagnant water from the lake in Taman Jaya. Or, it could even be from the clogged drains in our area,'' he said.  

Praba's complaint is just one of many StarMetro has received in recent days. The dengue scare has got a lot of people jittery and questions are being asked as to what role local authorities play in eradicating the Aedes mosquito menace. 

"Over the last few years, there have been at least two confirmed dengue cases in my area each year.  

"My wife and two children were hit by dengue a few years ago and I know what they went through.  

"Elderly people walking in the housing area used to be a common sight in the evenings, but not any more. People are just too afraid of getting bitten,'' said Praba, questioning why the Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ) had yet to send a fogging team to the area. 

Alex Subrayan, another caller, took City Hall to task for not cleaning up the Kuchai Jaya flat area at Jalan Kuchai Lama.  

"I was there this morning (yesterday), and I saw puddles of stagnant water that were obvious breeding grounds for mosquito larvae,'' he said. 

Yesterday, we published a report quoting Selangor's state executive councillor Datuk Dr Lim Thuang Seng as saying that the state government had already started operations to fight the dengue epidemic, long before the health ministry begins large-scale operations on Oct 1.  

That may be so, but with the number of dengue-related cases rising by the day, residents of the Klang Valley are justified in feeling that more needs to be done to combat this perennial problem.  

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