A WHOPPING 800% increase in dengue cases has been reported in January alone in the Subang Jaya municipality area compared to last year including areas such as Subang Jaya and Puchong.
An alarming 971 cases were reported for the month compared to the 95 cases reported during the corresponding period in 2012 and 108 cases in 2013, said MPSJ president Datuk Asmawi Kasbi.
He attributed the increase to indiscriminate littering, especially in high-rise residential areas.
Out of the total number of cases, 879 had tested positive, with 45 dengue hotspots with uncontrolled outbreaks and 37 localities with controlled outbreaks.
“The increase is not only in MPSJ, other local councils in Selangor are experiencing the same increase.
“The hotspots are usually located at multiple-storey residences where water had collected due to drains and awnings being clogged by rubbish,” said Asmawi.
Apart from fogging, other steps taken to handle the dengue epidemic, was larvaciding, awareness campaigns, search and destroying of mosquito breeding grounds and using the Toxorhynchites (Toxo) mosquitoes as a biological technique.
“We will continue to monitor the areas the Toxo mosquitoes were released.
“We also plan to expand into other areas,” he said.
Asmawi said MPSJ was only able to release the Toxo mosquitoes in areas deemed suitable habitats for the mosquitoes.
Universiti Sains Malaysia was their only source for the Toxo mosquitoes, he said, adding that they would approach institutions from other states that were interested in the project.
MPSJ health department director Dr Roslan Mohamed Hussin said aside from setting up information booths to educate the public on the issue, the council was also organising campaigns in schools.
Owners of premises found to be breeding grounds for the Aedes mosquito would be compounded immediately, with a maximum fine of RM500, he said.
The council had compounded 13 owners in Vista Lavender in Bandar Kinrara, Puchong.
Mosquito fogging exercises were also conducted in Jalan Mawar in Puchong Perdana where 15 dengue cases were reported.
Puchong recorded a 300% increase in dengue cases in the last two months compared to the same period last year.
Kinrara assemblyman Ng Sze Han said two apartments — Vista Lavender in Bandar Kinrara 3 and Palm Villa in Taman Kinrara 1 — had reported 26 and nine cases respectively since last month.
“The increase is really alarming and we have asked MPSJ to step up enforcement and conduct fogging exercises,” said Ng.
Ng said 3,796 dengue cases and one death were reported in the Petaling district since January this year.
Residents, he said, should allow the enforcement officers to conduct fogging exercises and carry out their enforcement duties in search of Aedes mosquito larvae.
Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo concurred, adding that everyone should play a role to eradicate dengue.
“The Federal and state government should work hand-in-hand with the people to solve this problem.
“The outbreak in Selangor has become a national concern and I believe the Federal government can do a lot more,” he said.
Gobind planned to raise the issue in the next parliament sitting and had urged Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim to step up efforts as well.
“By and large, people on the ground feel that more can be done to fight the dengue menace.
“The general consensus is that the local councils should keep the people informed about what is going on,” he added.
The administrative capital of Putrajaya also recorded a higher percentage of increase with 28 cases as of Jan 25.
Averaging the increase to one case per day, Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) president Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat added that the increase was by 930% compared to the same period in 2013.
There were only 112 recorded cases the whole of last year, he said.
Apart from fogging and larvaciding activities, he said there would be regular household checks by health officers.
He encouraged the public to participate in the Communication for Behavioural Impact (COMBI) project, where volunteers are trained to conduct dengue prevention and control within their residential areas.
“Currently we have 12 COMBI units to help increase awareness through talks in their own community,” he added.
Regular cleaning of public drains and community gotong-royong are also in the agenda for the fight against dengue, added Aseh who spoke at a recent dengue prevention event that was attended by 500 Putrajaya residents, business operators, contractors, and PPj staff.
Guest speaker at the event, Dr Othman Warijo from the Putrajaya district health office, spots where people did not check included dish dryers, water dispensers and even piping outlets in toilets, adding that Aedes mosquitoes needed only 5mm of water to breed.