700 take dengue fight to the ground

  • AseanPlus News
  • Monday, 19 Sep 2005

NO FLOWER POT is being left unturned in the search for dengue-carrying mosquitoes. 

Seven hundred staff members of the Singapore Soka Association and Singapore Civil Defence Force, among others, and volunteers combed parts of Hougang, Ang Mo Kio, Yishun and Marsiling – reported dengue hot spots – on Saturday for possible mosquito-breeding sites. 

Over at Holland Close and Woodlands Street 11, hundreds of grassroots leaders conducted house-to-house visits, giving out flyers on steps to prevent mosquito-breeding. 

The number of dengue fever cases spiked to a high of 144 cases by 3pm on Saturday. There were 54 cases on Friday, and 122 on Thursday. Dengue fever has been spreading like wildfire all over Asia. In Singapore last week, 692 people came down with the illness. 

More than 10,000 cases have been reported here this year and eight have died. 

Destroying mosquito-breeding sites, through combing and identifying areas like at Hougang, is one of the primary tasks the inter-ministerial dengue committee will be doing. 

Environment and Water Resources Senior Parliamentary Secretary Assoc Prof Koo Tsai Kee said this “level of intensity cannot be sustained week after week.” 

“But in the short term, we hope to reduce the Aedes mosquitoes to a low level, so this is one of the ways,” said Prof Koo. 

At Holland Close, Prime Minister's Office Minister and Second National Development Minister Lim Swee Say said it was important to go beyond distributing flyers. 

“Take Buona Vista. It's an old estate and many people speak dialects or the mother tongue,” he said.  

“When grassroots leaders go door-to-door, even if people are unable to understand the message printed on the flyer, we can spend a couple of minutes explaining to them in a language they understand.” – The Straits Times/ANN  

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