The Sun (Malaysia)

‘Search and destroy’ mission to fight dengue

> Health Ministry steers nationwide programme against the aedes mosquito


PETALING JAYA: The nation yesterday embarked on a massive community gotong-royong programme, spearheade­d by the Health Ministry, to search and destroy aedes mosquito breeding grounds, following 282 deaths so far this year.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramania­m ( pix) launched the cleanup in Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara here under the exercise that covered all states and federal territorie­s except Malacca and Johor. These two states will carry out the programme later.

The programme covers 15 dengue hotspots in the country and will focus on idle land or plots where rubbish contribute­s to 18% of the aedes mosquito breeding grounds nationwide.

“For occupied land or plots, we have issued notices to owners to clean up their premises.

“If they fail to do so, local authoritie­s will help to clear the areas,” Subramania­m told reporters after launching the mega gotong-royong.

He said several government agencies had also carried out the programme at their facilities such as the Malaysian Armed Forces at their camps, the police at their quarters and the People’s Volunteer Corps at Rela training centres.

“The Department of National Unity and Integratio­n has also coordinate­d the gotong-royong at 222 children’s nurseries and Rukun Tetangga sectors under its jurisdicti­on,” he said.

The gotong-royong programme included clearing rubbish, inspecting building sites and removing abandoned vehicles.

It also involved larvicidin­g (ecological­ly safe preventive method used to interrupt the developmen­t of larvae or pupa into adult mosquitoes), fogging and giving health awareness tips to the community.

Subramania­m said the programme was launched in Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara because the hotspot had 372 cases with two deaths up to Oct 31, which was higher by 128% compared to the previous year.

As of Oct 31, the number of deaths nationwide was 282 with 102,217 cases, up from 162 deaths and 86,192 cases last year.

On Selangor, Subramania­m said dengue hot spots had been reduced by more than 50% from the nearly 300 hot spots in the beginning of the year.

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Volunteers clear rubbish at Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara.
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