PUTRAJAYA: Popular television and radio show host Aznil Nawawi will lead the Health Ministry’s efforts to get the public actively involved in activities to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds and the growing dengue threat.
Aznil will act as the ambassador for the ministry’s Jom Ganyang Aedes (Let’s Destroy Aedes) campaign. The campaign will see him visiting dengue hotspots in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur to educate the public on keeping their homes and surrounding areas clear of mosquito larvae.
“The death of my good friend (popular radio DJ and comedian) Mior Ahmad Fuad Mior Badri or Din Beramboi, as he was better known, to haemorrhagic dengue fever on April 2 has been an eye-opener for me as to how dangerous this disease caused by a tiny insect, can be.
“I want to reach out to people and tell them they need to act on the ministry’s advice on ways to combat the dengue menace and make their homes safer, because I do not want anyone else to go through the pain of losing someone close like I did,” he told a press conference here yesterday.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said the ministry was launching the new campaign to call on the public to combat or control the dengue problem.
He said Selangor and Kuala Lumpur continued to top the list with 52% of the total number of dengue cases reported nationwide, a trend that has been seen since 2007.