A gotong royong campaign was launched in Putrajaya recently to raise awareness on the threat posed by dengue fever.
At the launch, residents were urged to destroy mosquito-breeding grounds on their own initiative and to take part in the Communication for Behavioural Impact (Combi) project in their neighbourhood.
The Jom Gempur Aedes Mega Gotong-Royong Programme was launched at Putra Damai Apartments in Precinct 11 by Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
He said it was important for residents to take the initiative to fight dengue.
“Gotong-royong is a good way to not only keep the environment clean but foster neighbourliness as well.
Also at the launch were FT of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya Health Department state health director Dr S. Balachandran, Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) president Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat, Health Ministry director-general Datuk Noor Hisham Abdullah, Putra Damai Apartments Residents Association chairman Rostam Omar, and Putrajaya district health officer Dr Othman Narijo, who is also the programme organiser.
Rostam said there had been dengue cases at the Putra Damai Apartments but thankfully no deaths.
A booth was set up to educate apartment dwellers on how to combat dengue.
From January to Feb 22, there was a 662% increase in dengue cases in the Federal Territories Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya compared to the same period last year.