Operators to start spraying insecticide in schoolbuses

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  • Friday, 21 Jan 2005

KUALA LUMPUR: Schoolbus operators nationwide will start spraying their buses with insecticide before picking up students to protect them from dengue-carrying Aedes mosquitoes. 

Federation of School Bus Operators Associations president Chee Ah Tey said all operators had been asked to comply with this move. 

“We will start spraying our buses immediately so that parents can be assured of their children’s safety,” he said when contacted yesterday. 

On Wednesday, Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad had urged schoolbus operators to adopt this move, noting that children going to school in the morning were exposed to the mosquitoes.  

He had noted that the mosquitoes fed twice a day, with the first time between 6am and 7am. 

To ensure that the schoolchildren were not exposed to insecticide residue, Chee said the federation’s members would be advised against using oil-based sprays.  

“We have heard grouses from parents who fear that their children’s health may be affected by exposure to insecticides, so we will use water-based sprays instead,” he said. 

School bus operator Ali Mohd Tawi (right), 57, spraying insecticide into his vehicles together with drivers (from left) Abdul Aziz Alias, 45, and Zainal Abidin Hamsha, 47, before picking up schoolchildren yesterday afternoon as a dengue preventative measure.

He added that air-conditioned buses would be sprayed the night before, instead of just an hour or two prior to picking up the students. 

Asked where the insecticides would be sourced from, he replied: “It will be good if the supply can come from the Government but in the meantime, we will be using over-the-counter sprays. One canister could probably last us a month or so anyway. We are more concerned about the well-being of our passengers.”  

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