Wednesday August 1, 2012
Poor drainage reason for high dengue cases
By CHRISTINA TAN
YONG PENG: The rising number of dengue cases was among the main topic of discussion at the recent Yong Peng District Council’s full board meeting.
Council president Mohd Khir Johari Salleh said Taman Kota with a high population density has been identified as the hotspot in Batu Pahat district.
He said among the main factors that contributed to the problem was poor drainage.
“We also found out that abandoned private lands and premises contributed to dengue as they become breeding grounds for mosquitoes,” he said.
Mohd Khir said the government has allocated RM1mil to upgrade drainage in Yong Peng.
He said the council would also identify and monitor the abandoned sites and premises.
“We want to make it a long-term effort and we hope the public will participate to make Yong Peng a cleaner place,” he said.
Mohd Khir said the council organised gotong-royong and talks on dengue with other agencies such said Fire and Rescue Department and Health department from time to time.
“We can achieve zero dengue if we all work together,” he said, adding that the residents get serious when there was an outbreak, but neglected it when the outbreak was over.
“It has to be a continuous effort,” he added.
In another development, councillor Ong See Tian said as the Hari Raya is fast approaching, the council would seek the help of police to keep traffic watch in Yong Peng and Ayer Hitam due to the expected increase in traffic volume during festive season.
He said the traffic volume in Ayer Hitam and Yong Peng doubles up as many motorists would travel up north or to east coast via Yong Peng town and Segamat or vice-versa.
“Those from the south will exit Ayer Hitam toll and continue their journey to east coast via Yong Peng town, Segamat district and Mentakab.
“Road accidents will increase when there is more traffic,” he said.
He also urged motorists to strictly follow traffic rules and regulations.