Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Rise in dengue cases cause of worry – Officer

BINTULU: Companies and factories operating here have been strictly reminded to ensure that their premises do not become aedes mosquito breeding grounds.

This reminder came from Bintulu Health Department officer Dr Abdul Rahim Abdullah who expressed his worry on the increase in dengue outbreaks around the industrial areas lately.

“This year alone, two cases of the epidemic had been recorded involving the industrial areas compared to only one case in 2010,” he said when delivering a talk on dengue and its prevention measures at BDA auditorium at Wisma Bintulu yesterday.

The talk jointly organised by Bintulu Health Department and Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) was attended by over 80 individuals comprising employers and representatives of the factories.

According to him 60 per cent of the 84 dengue cases reported this year, which is the highest in the state, involved workers at the industrial areas, which he said was a major concern as Bintulu was known for its heavy industry sector.

He said each and every person in the community, especially owners and employers of the factories and premises, should be more proactive by taking proper and immediate measures to control the breeding of aedes mosquitoes and spreading of the disease.

“We have conducted series of inspections and meeting with several factories’ management and we were told that some have their own health and safety committees,” he said.

He added that with the committee in place, they should comply with the Health Department’s call for people to spend at least 10 minutes a week to clean up their surroundings by enforcing it on their workers.

Dr Abdul Rahim disclosed that a total of 53 compounds amounting to RM5,210 had been issued from January to July this year, with some 48 compounds paid and the rest pending court order.

He said so far no deaths due to dengue were reported this year.

He also advised the public to keep their premises free of aedes mosquito breeding grounds, cautioning them that the department’s enforcement team would not be issuing warning letters anymore and that they would immediately be slapped with a compound of RM500 if found to harbour the mosquitoes.

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