KUALA LUMPUR: City Hall officers will conduct night checks on houses for larvae of aedes mosquitoes, the carriers of the dengue virus, since daytime visits are usually hindered by locked gates.
Kuala Lumpur Datuk Bandar Datuk Ruslin Hassan said the inspections would be made from 6pm to 10pm from Wednesday.
“We hope the public will not be alarmed by our night visits. Our officers will wear a special City Hall uniform and the public can ask for their authority cards to check their identities if there is any doubt,” he told Bernama after taking part in a cleanup as part of the ongoing activities to prevent the spread of dengue yesterday.
The maximum compound of RM500 might be imposed for each aedes breeding ground found in houses and RM1,000 for construction sites, he said.
This month, the number of suspected dengue fever cases reported in the city climbed from 197 in the first week to 237 in the fourth week.
During that period, there were 25 confirmed dengue cases and four deaths.
Thirteen of the 22 construction sites and 14 out of 183 schools inspected by City Hall officers were found to be breeding aedes mosquitoes.
In Kuantan, Pahang school heads will be directed to cease all outdoor activities for schoolchildren to prevent possible exposure to the aedes mosquito, reports ZULKIFLI ABDUL RAHMAN.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakub, who said that a circular would be issued to that effect, added that the move was necessary because outdoor school activities were usually carried out early in the morning or evening, when the aedes mosquitoes were active.
“Schoolchildren can hold their physical activities inside their school halls instead,” he said here yesterday.
Adnan, who is also the state education committee chairman, said government agencies should be proactive in the fight against the dengue menace.
He said they should take immediate action before someone dies of dengue fever, and that they had taken too long to demolish an uncompleted building beside a school where a student had died.
On Saturday, workers demolished an uncompleted block of teachers’ quarters at SMK Tengku Afzan after the school's Form Four student Wan Noorain Wan Ali died of suspected dengue fever last Monday.
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