Cam­paign to fight aedes, zika

> Na­tion­wide pro­gramme to in­crease aware­ness level

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY ADRIAN PHUNG

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.”

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