Concern in JB over rise in dengue fever

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 28 Jan 2003

JOHOR BARU: The state health committee is alarmed over the high number of dengue fever cases reported in the city. 

Its chairman Datin Halimah Mohd Sadique said 628 dengue cases, including two deaths, were reported between Jan 1 and 18. “All council presidents have been asked to personally look into the matter so that dengue would not become an epidemic. 

“We want all susceptible areas fogged, and residential and construction areas cleared of bushes, rubbish and things which might allow the aedes mosquitoes to breed. 

“We also want the public to co-operate by ensuring their houses and gardens are clean and clear of stagnant water,” she added. 

Halimah, who spoke to reporters at the launch of an anti-dengue campaign for Taman Universiti residents by state Local Committee chairman Datuk Jimmy Low Boon Hong yesterday, also said that of the 23,686 houses checked so far, 247 were found to be breeding grounds for aedes mosquitoes. 

“One hundred and sixty-six compounds amounting to RM19,250 were issued,” she added. 

Low said all the local authorities had been asked to set up a special task force to deal with the dengue menace. 

“Besides having a hotline and carrying out fogging, the special task force will distribute brochures about dengue and conduct continual checks. 

“We have identified the dengue-prone areas, which include Taman Universiti, Taman Perling, Kampung Telok Serdang Perling, Taman Sri Skudai and Taman Ungku Tun Aminah. All are under the jurisdiction of the Johor Baru Central Municipal Council,” he said. 

“In 2002, 435 dengue cases were reported in council areas and this month alone, 98 cases have been reported,” he added. 

In Ipoh, state health committee chairman Datuk Ho Cheng Wang said all districts had been asked to set up special committees to fight the dengue menace in their high-risk areas. 

“The district committees should comprise officers from the local authority, health department, police, army and Rela and Rukun Tetangga members. 

“They should carry out cleanliness campaigns which target the cleaning-up of one or two of their high-risk areas,” he added. 

Ho said that in the Kinta district alone, 65 cases of dengue fever had been reported in the first 15 days of the year. 

“There were three deaths in Ipoh,” he added.  

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