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Sayang Sabah - The voice of Sabahans

Destroy aedes breeding ground

Dr Mohd Saffree Jaffree
Dr Mohd Saffree Jaffree

KOTA KINABALU: People should ensure that Aedes mosquitoes have no chance to breed indoors or outdoors.

State Health Department entomologist Adleen Shareeza Ahmad Puad said they can breed in both indoor and outdoor so long they have clear and stagnant waters.

She  said people ought to do their part to destroy the aedes breeding ground in their house compound.

They can do so by taking part in the Health Department campaign called ‘Spare 10 Minutes’ to do a cleaning up exercise on their own houses during the weekend.

According to her, fogging will only killed the adult mosquitoes but not the larva as they will emerge again in few days.

But people always request for the Health Department, City Hall or pest controllers to do the fogging and yet sometimes they don’t allow us to go into their houses which make things complicated, she said.

Kota Kinabalu health officer cum public health specialist Dr Mohd Saffree Jaffree, said Taman Foo Yen has been marked as one of the hotspot of dengue cases in the city.

The situation now is under control ever since the Health Department launched the ‘Ops Mega Denggi 2015’ to go all out to combat the aedes mosquitoes.

“The other areas are still prevalent where the transmission of the virus are very active especially those areas which had very poor waste disposal system, sanitation, water problems such as Sembulan, Likas, Tanjung Aru and Kepayan,” Dr Saffree said.

“We want the full cooperation from the public and local leaders to help us,” Dr Saffree called.

He said the Health Department’s education unit has also focused their attention on school children such as teaching them to be an agent of change to their parents.

“The main cause is not about the dry weather, mosquitoes is everywhere, dengue is the virus so in order to transmit the virus you need a vector called mosquitoes,” Dr Saffree explained.

There are many types of mosquitoes but the main worries are the aedes mosquitoes which stayed inside the house, he said.

He said the spread of the dengue virus is a global issue and in Malaysia and Sabah the situation reached its height in mid-December 2014.

The Sabah, he said Kota Kinabalu is leading in the number of dengue cases reported. In the whole country, Selangor is now top in dengue cases.- Sayangsabah

 

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