JOHOR BARU: The state government is unhappy with local councils for not doing enough to keep the environment free of potential mosquito-breeding spots, Johor Health and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said.
He said the state government was not satisfied with the current level of performance of local councils and hoped that the officials would beef up operations to keep areas under their jurisdiction free of clogged drains and rubbish.
“Be more responsible in keeping the surroundings clean because you are answerable to taxpayers,” he told reporters after delivering his New Year speech to Johor Health Department personnel and presenting certificates of appreciation.
He said preventing dengue cases in the state was not the sole responsibility of the Health Department as it needed cooperation from all local councils.
Ayub proposed that local councils got together and set up vector units to undertake prevention measures against dengue and other cases.
During the first four weeks of the year, Johor recorded 701 dengue cases compared with 591 in the same period last year.
He said that in January this year, 35,932 premises were inspected, and 1,814 were found to be breeding places for Aedes mosquitoes.
Owners of 89 premises were issued warning letters while 166 owners were slapped with fines totalling RM83,000.
Ayub said that last year, 626,765 premises were inspected and 18,689 were found to be breeding grounds for Aedes mosquitoes. A total of 1,265 premises were issued warning letters and 4,758 owners were fined a total of RM2.2mil.
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