Clogged drains main cause of rise in dengue outbreak

CLOGGED drains are among the main causes of dengue outbreaks, which has increased by 17% from 2011 to 2012.

Health, entrepreneurship development, science, technology and innovation committee chairman Dr Daroyah Alwi said this in reply to Gan Pei Nei’s (PR-Rawang) query about rising number of cases at some dengue hotspots.

Klang tops the list with the highest number of cases, with 1,366 in 2011 and 2,291 in 2012.

This is followed by the Petaling district which recorded 2,004 cases in 2011 and 2,554 in 2012.

There were a total of 7,769 cases in 2011 and 9,113 in 2012, bringing about a 17% increase.

Dr Daroyah said this in response to Dr Abd Rani Osman (PR-Meru) who asked for the data on dengue outbreaks in 2011 and 2012.

On the steps taken by the Selangor Health Department, she said Communication for Behavioural Impact (Combi) teams and dengue squads involving resident associations, government agencies, private sectors and NGOs would be set up to increase awareness and the involvement of the community in dengue prevention activities.

“We have stressed on the importance of prevention through the “Everyday cleanliness, every time, everywhere” concept.

“The local councils’ cooperation is needed to ensure that public cleaning and bulk waste collection is carried out on schedule,” said Dr Daroyah, adding that the district dengue committee weekly meeting chaired by the district officer was held at all districts to increase the co-ordination between various government, non-government agencies, and residents to curb the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes.

“Fogging should be carried out quickly when dengue cases are reported by Government and private hospitals and clinics.

“A minimum compound of RM500 will be issued to premises and construction sites which are found to be breeding sites,” she added.

In response to Balakong assemblyman Eddie Ng saying that foreign workers generated most bulk waste, Daroyah said the council and Immigration Department would look into the matter.

At a press conference at the state assembly, state executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah urged the Federal Government to set up an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) to stop police custodial deaths.

“It is worrying that in the first six months of 2013, there have been three deaths in custody.

“There has been 219 cases since 2,000 and this is a shocking number and will increase if no steps such as the setting up of the IPCMC are taken.

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