Campaign to fight aedes, zika
> Nationwide programme to increase awareness level
KUALA LUMPUR: A nationwide cleanliness programme to eradicate the zika virus involving the Health Ministry (MOH) and Federal Territories Ministry is in the pipeline.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor explained that the purpose of the programme is to eradicate the aedes mosquitoes taking into consideration the spread of the zika virus is on the worrying increase in the country.
“Initially, we thought of carrying out the programme at the end of this month but we decided to postpone it after being told by MOH that it too had the intention of conducting such a programme nationwide.
“Hence, we are waiting for a confirmation date from MOH because once the programme is implemented, we will conduct it at all areas including both commercial and low-cost housing zones,” Tengku Adnan said during a press conference at City Hall headquarters yesterday.
He pointed out that the programme will be more effective if it is conducted simultaneously with all the states in collaboration with the MOH.
“This would increase the awareness level,” he stressed.
Separately, Tengku Adnan, who is also Umno secretary-general, revealed that the party might consider not issuing any media passes to online media portals which write their stories differently from what was told to them.
“All this while we never restricted any online portal from covering Umno general assemblies, it is just those who write differently or spin their stories that we might consider the move,” he said.
In TAIPING, the municipal council says it undertakes various measures to maintain cleanliness to check the breeding of the mosquito.
Council president Datuk Abd Rahim Md Ariff said these measures were carried out with the cooperation of the District Health Office and the village development and security committees.
“Although there are no reports of zika here (in Taiping), efforts must be taken to maintain cleanliness to check the mosquito.”