THE Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) will set up a taskforce to tackle dengue in the city.Health and Environment Department director Dr Chitradavi N. Vadivellu said the taskforce would include representatives from various authorities.So far, Petaling Jaya has seen 3,666 cases with one death up to July 5.
The Petaling district, comprising Shah Alam, Subang Jaya and Petaling Jaya, has recorded 12,382 cases with 12 deaths from January to July 5.“We are in the midst of coordinating with various departments within MBPJ and other authorities to be part of the taskforce. Councillors from the Health Committee will be in the team. Getting everybody involved is crucial,” said Dr Chitra.
She added that there was only one way to prevent dengue and that was to be vigilant.“People must make sure all stagnant water trapped after rain is cleared,” she said. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains and a skin rash that is similar to measles.“There is no vaccine, so prevention is key. We must reduce the breeding grounds of mosquitoes.“Every week, set aside 10 minutes to check your houses for stagnant water,” she said.
MBPJ councillor in charge of SS7 and SS11, Azizi Ariffin, said people must empty all containers before going on their Hari Raya break.
“They should even put down the toilet bowl lid and sprinkle salt in the scupper drains to kill off larvae,” he added.
Councillor in charge of PJS1 and PJS 3, Raja Fairuz Raja Mazlan, said the taskforce’s main strategy was to deny Aedes mosquitoes a place to breed.
“The World Health Organisation has endorsed the source reduction approach, which encompasses preventive methods, public education and community involvement.”
Raja Fairuz said a united effort could reduce the number of breeding places.
“Our taskforce will be effective with residents’ involvement,” she added.
Meanwhile, there have been six deaths in the Subang Jaya municipality, namely in Kota Perdana Kp 4 (Mawar Jaya), Tmn Pinggiran Putra (Putra Raya), Bandar Kinrara 1, Taman Kinrara 3 (Vista Lavender), USJ 1 (One Avenue Condo) and Serdang Heights.
According to MPSJ statistics, from January until July 7, the total number of dengue cases recorded stood at 3,943.