JOHOR BARU: The Johor Health Department this year issued 3,484 compounds worth a total of 1.74 million RM to owners of premises in Johor so that these premises can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
State Health and Environment Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said only 74.2% of the compounds issued were paid for.
He also said that more than 11,000 dengue fever cases were recorded in the state during the period.
“This is an increase of 7.4% compared to the previous year.
“From the first to the 50th week this year, 11,267 cases of dengue were registered, compared to 10,490 cases in the same period last year.
“Johor Baru had the most cases, 77.9% of the total,” he said in a statement here.
He said there were no deaths recorded for the 50th week, December 6-12, and the death toll remained at 42, compared with 29 for the same period last year.
Vidyananthan said the main reason for this problem is the lack of public attention to general cleanliness, especially the bad habit of randomly throwing trash in different places.
He said people need to be proactive and take action to clear the Aedes mosquito breeding grounds inside and outside their homes.
“The discovery of the breeding ground on the site shows that the community is still not taking the dengue threat seriously.
“They need to clean their premises, especially areas where water collects and which can become ideal breeding grounds.
“Spend some time every week searching and destroying the websites.
“Health Department staff is doing fog drills, but people must do their part,” he added.
According to Vidyananthan, Kulai had the second highest number of dengue cases in Johor (8.1%), followed by Batu Pahat (3.4%) and Pontian (2.7%).