More needs to be done to wipe out dengue


  • Letters
  • Thursday, 09 Jan 2003

IN THE recent outbreak of dengue fever, both my wife and I fell victim to the disease like many other residents in my housing estate in Taman Kam Seng, Batu Gajah, which had become a “black area”.  

The health authorities did some fogging in an attempt to get rid of the aedes mosquitoes. But somehow, the mosquitoes kept coming back the following day and the next. 

It seemed they had become immune to the chemical used. 

What the authorities had failed to inspect were house porches where water could be retained after a downpour and which were excellent breeding grounds for the mosquitoes. 

We had written to the Kinta Barat district council with a copy of the letter to our state assemblyman, appealing for help to fell a half-rotten tree in the playground in front of my house. 

This tree is about to fall. Surrounding it are shrubs and bushes which are excellent hideouts for mosquitoes and other insects.  

To date, nothing has been done. Is the council waiting for something drastic to happen before taking some action? 

Besides, the drains in front of our houses have been neglected and have not been cleared for ages. The water cannot flow freely. 

The grass in the playground is cut and trimmed in a haphazard manner once every few months. Children seldom come out to play because of the tall grass. 

Who knows what is hidden among grass? There could be snakes and rodents.  

We would like to urge the authorities to be action-oriented and to clear up the mess as quickly as possible, so that we can go on with our lives without feeling being threatened. 

 

ANNOYED, 

Batu Gajah. 

 

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