PROACTIVE: Health Department staff and volunteers destroy breeding ground of Aedes mosquitoes
PERSONNEL from the Negri Sembilan Health Department recently "broke into" and inspected 100 unoccupied homes in Taman Desa Rhu in Sikamat near here during a gotong-royong to curb the spread of dengue.
About 20 personnel from the department and 50 volunteers joined hands to make the programme which was carried out in eight housing estates a success.
The gotong-royong was organised by residents of Taman Desa Rhu with the co-operation of the Health Department following several reports of dengue cases in the area.
Abibah Hussin, who organised the programme, said the department was worried about the increasing number of dengue cases in the area and decided to do something about it.
"We got together and cleaned several areas in the housing estate and also conducted checks, while children aged between 7 and 16-years-old were asked to look for potential mosquito breeding grounds.
"Though no compounds were issued during the event, health officers will be coming around regularly to conduct surprise checks and issue compounds to those who do not maintain the cleanliness of their respective premises," she said.
The volunteers also collected about 400kg of containers, cups, pots and other items considered potential breeding ground for larvae.
"The programme was a success and we hope to organise more events and campaigns to increase public awareness of the importance to maintain cleanliness," she said.
Meanwhile, state executive councillor, Datuk Mohamad Razi Kail, who is also the Sikamat assemblyman, said the people should organise similar activities to prevent the spread of dengue.
"There is only so much the authorities can do. To eradicate this menace, we must all work together and share the responsibility," he added.