Wednesday, April 8

80 pct drop in Kuching North dengue cases

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BEWARE OF AEDES: Dunsten (left) and DBKU personnel inspect a garden.

KUCHING:Inspections cannot be carried out at all places because there is a huge number of premises here and the inspections would be done based on priority. – Dunsten Mogei, Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) vector unit head

The number of dengue cases recorded in Kuching North dropped by 80 per cent from January to April this year compared to the same period last year.

Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) vector unit head Dunsten Mogei attributed the drop to continuous monitoring through routine checks and inspections as well as fogging.

“Since January, we have inspected at least 6,500 premises to ensure that the places are clean and also to ensure no Aedes mosquitoes are breeding. On average we inspected 1,500 premises every month,” Dunsten told reporters during a routine inspection at RPR Phase 1, Jalan Astana yesterday.

He said the commission aimed to inspect 15,000 premises under its jurisdiction this year.

“There are four sectors in the DBKU area and about 34,000 premises under our jurisdiction. For this year we target to inspect at least 15,000 premises.

“Inspections cannot be carried out at all places because there is a huge number of premises here and the inspections would be done based on priority.”

Dunsten explained that areas where there is one case or where there is an outbreak (more than one case) would be prioritised.

“Last year, among the areas that had such cases were Kampung Pulo, Taman Melati, Demak Laut Industrial Estate, Kampung Sungai Bako, Kampung Pulo Hilir, Kampung Pinang Jawa, Taman Sourabaya Indah and Kpg Senari.”

Compounds amounting to RM2,500 have been issued following routine inspections this year along with 211 notices.

Apart from monitoring and inspections, he said, there should be greater public awareness on the dangers of Aedes mosquitoes and dengue fever.

“We also distributed brochures on preventing mosquitoes from breeding and the dangers of the fever to the owners of premises during routine inspections.”

Between 2009 and 2010, the number of dengue cases reported in Kuching North decreased by 64 per cent.