KOTA KINABALU: The State Health Department has issued compound notices to four house owners at a village in Menggatal after its enforcement officers found Aedes mosquito breeding grounds at their premises.
The notices were issued in an operation on July 24, whch saw the enforcement team inspecting 205 homes in the village.
The Health Department enforcement chief, James Suladi, said the owners of the four homes were each slapped with a RM500 compound notice.
Suladi reminded the public to always ensure that their houses and their surroundings are free from Aedes mosquito breeding grounds as it could lead to an outbreak of dengue fever and yellow fever.
He said those whose homes are found to have Aedes mosquito breeding grounds can be charged under Section 13 (1) of the Destruction of Disease Bearing Insect Act 1975.
Suladi said the objective of the operation was to increase the public awareness on dengue fever and dengue haemorraghic fever that is posing a serious threat around the state capital.
“Destroy any containers that can collect water outside the house to prevent Aedes mosquitos from breeding and make use of aerosol insect eliminator or mosquito repellent coils.
“Stay indoors during the early morning, between 5 am till 7 am, and early in the evening, between 5 pm and 7 pm, as this is the period when Aedes mosquitos are most active,” he said.
The operation involved about 30 Health Department officers and personnel.