Combi vol­un­teer teams piv­otal in fight against Aedes mos­qui­tos

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SIBU: Com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­havioural im­pact ( Combi) vol­un­teer teams play piv­otal roles in mo­bil­is­ing the com­mu­nity to tackle the dengue men­ace through good main­te­nance of the sur­round­ings.

Sibu Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (SMC) deputy chair­per­son Ro­gayah Ja­main said they help to in­cul­cate the prac­tice of keep­ing sur­round­ings clean in their com­mu­ni­ties.

“One of the ac­tiv­i­ties to mo­bilise the com­mu­nity is through go­ton­groy­ong. It (go­tong-roy­ong) needs to be held reg­u­larly,” she sug­gested when of­fi­ci­at­ing at Combi vol­un­teer team pro­gramme for Sibu District 2017 in Su­rau Darus Sa’dah Kam­pung Hilir here re­cently.

The pro­gramme was or­gan­ised by Sibu Divi­sional Health Of­fice ( DHO) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with vil­lage se­cu­rity and de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee (JKKK) of Kam­pung Hilir 2 as well as JKKK Kam­pung Pa’ris. It was aimed to mo­bilise the com­mu­nity to keep their sur­round­ing clean for the preven­tion of dengue.

Ro­gayah also stressed that it was the re­spon­si­bil­ity of each mem­ber of the com­mu­nity to en­sure the clean­li­ness of their com­pounds.

Do­ing so, she said, would au­to­mat­i­cally de­stroy the Aedes breed­ing grounds.

“Go­tong-roy­ong needs to be wel­comed by all vil­lagers and not just a part of them in or­der to achieve its ob­jec­tives,” added Ro­gayah.

She said Combi pro­gramme is a com­bi­na­tion of health ed­u­ca­tion, sur­round­ing as­sess­ment, ad­ver­tis­ing tech­nique and mo­bil­is­ing the com­mu­nity to achieve the de­sired health im­pact for the needs of the com­mu­nity con­cerned.

“In this re­gard, I hope all the vil­lagers will make full use of the pro­gramme by giv­ing co­op­er­a­tion to the Health Depart­ment to en­sure that the Combi vol­un­teer team re­mains rel­e­vant to tackle the dengue is­sue and sur­round­ing clean­li­ness,” she said.

Be­sides go­tong-roy­ong, there were also health screen­ing, health talk and an ex­hi­bi­tion on that day. Be­sides Kam­pung Hilir, the other lo­ca­tions for Combi in Sibu district are Kam­pung Dato Baru, Ban­dong Road/Abang Barieng Road, PBB Rant­ing Hilir 2, Rumah Kunsu, Ta­man Re­jang and Kam­pung Ba­ha­gia Jaya, Teku.

Also present was JKKK Kam­pung Hilir 2 chair­man Rabek Ali Hamid.

Ro­gayah (cen­tre) hands the Combi kit to Rabek Ali, while health ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer (Health Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­mo­tion Unit) from DHO, Suriati Saperi (left) looks on.

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