High number of dengue cases in Klang worries Selangor Sultan (27.6.15)

Controlling the situation: Fogging exercise is being carried out regularly by the Klang Health Department (Photo: The Star)

Controlling the situation: Fogging exercise is being carried out regularly by the Klang Health Department (Photo: The Star)

Dengue is officially an urban disease.

Petaling Jaya, Hulu Langat and Klang districts top the list with the highest number of cases and fatalities in the state.

A Selangor Health Department official attributed the high figure in urban districts to the numerous development projects.

Abandoned housing projects have also been cited as contributing to the large number of dengue cases.

“Clogged drains and the poor upkeep of house compounds that allows water to stagnate have also led to an increase in dengue cases,” he said.

A total of 31,023 cases, including 80 deaths, were recorded in Selangor so far.

Of this number, 1,226 were the more dangerous dengue haemorrhagic fever.

Petaling recorded 14,234 cases and 26 deaths, Hulu Langat (6,449 cases, 20 deaths), Klang (4,111 cases, 15 deaths), Gombak (2,935 cases, six deaths) Sepang (1,428 cases, six deaths), Kuala Langat (614 cases, three deaths), Kuala Selangor (478 cases, 2 deaths), Hulu Selangor (614 cases, two deaths) and Sabak Bernam with 160 cases.

In Klang, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah expressed concern over the increase in the number of dengue cases in the royal town.

The Sultan has called on the Klang Justices of Peace (JP) Council to play a role along with the Health Department and the local council to create awareness among Klang residents and initiate preventive programmes.

Klang JP council chairman Johnson Tee said the Ruler was shocked by the high number of dengue cases and expected the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) to improve cleanliness in the royal town.

“The Sultan has high expectations that matters will improve and there will be fewer dengue cases,” he added

A spokesman for the Klang Health Department said it had been working very closely with MPK and the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) to get the situation under control.

“We have been carrying out numerous dengue awareness and prevention campaigns including gotong-royong sessions.

“Regular fogging has also been conducted in the affected areas,” he said.

Besides that, the spokesman said, those caught breeding Aedes mosquito in their compounds would also be fined.

“Compound notices amounting to RM500 will be issued and repeat offenders will be taken to court,” he said.

He also urged the public to play a proactive role in preventing a dengue outbreak in their area.

Source: The Star

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