MIRI: A public clean-up campaign that is part of a anti-dengue drive in Miri district saw more than 18 tonnes of rubbish collected over the weekend.
The Bakam housing area alone saw about 1.6 tonnes of rubbish being picked on Saturday and Sunday (Oct 20) by a group of about 180 volunteers.
About 800 volunteers in another clean-up operations collected about 16 tonnes of rubbish from the Tudan and Taman Tunku housing estates.
The massive clean-up campaign in Miri district is to clear rubbish in public places and to destroy mosquito-breeding grounds.
The campaign is being led by the Miri City Council with help from many government departments and agencies, as well as community groups.
Taman Tunku and Tudan housing estates, located about 15km from city centre, are already confirmed denggue-outbreak zones. Both have a combined population of about 120,000 residents.
The Sarawak Health Department has confirmed that there has already been one death in Taman Tunku from dengue fever. This was a 68-year-old man.
Sarawak State Health Department director Dr Jamilah Hashim on Oct 8 confirmed that the man's death was due to the mosquito-borne disease.
There are to-date 248 confirmed denggue cases in Miri district.
Miri Mayor Adam Yii has described the denggue situation here as alarming.
"We, city council, are going all out to seek public cooperation to clean up the district," he said.
He said there were numerous mosquito breeding grounds due to indiscriminate rubbish-dumping, clogged drains and unkept compounds.
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