10 minutes a week to stop dengue
Published: Fri, 12 Apr 2013
SUBANG JAYA: Residents have been urged to spend 10 minutes every weekend to check their house compounds for Aedes mosquito breeding spots and clear the area immediately to prevent an outbreak of dengue in their neighbourhood.
“This is the best way we can think of to put an end to dengue here because most breeding grounds are in the house compound itself where there is stagnant water,” said Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) public relations deputy director Azfarizal Abdul Rashid.
The Aedes Buster Car, a lorry custom-made to fit 16 fogging machines and chemicals.
He said on Monday that 266 dengue cases were reported between January and March and 135 of them came back positive.
For April, MPSJ has identified four dengue hotspots – USJ9/3, PJS7/15 low-cost flats, Sri Tanjung USJ 16 and Sutramas Puchong Jaya.
“All these spots are under control and in each area we had at least two to five cases reported,” said MPSJ health department director Dr Roslan Mohamed Hussin.
He explained that fogging has been done at all four areas and MPSJ has even gone door to door checking every house compound to find the source.
“We found and issued a compound to a house owner in USJ 9 and he was fined RM500,” he said.
Roslan said those who ignore the compounds will be taken to court and may face a fine of up to RM10,000, a maximum of two years in jail or both.
On Monday, MPSJ went down to one of the hotspots, USJ9, for fogging to ensure all the Aedes mosquitoes are killed.
“This would be the third time we fogged this area... previously we even did larvaciding (destroying larvae),” he said.
MPSJ conducted their fogging operations with the help of their year-old Aedes Buster Car, which is a lorry custom-made to fit 16 fogging machines and its chemicals.
Previously, MPSJ officers would have to transport the chemicals and machinery in a van and this resulted in one of them getting chemical poisoning.
“These chemicals are poisonous. So poisonous that it even damaged the seats and the interior of the van,” he said.