Penghulu Sidu leads Batu Kawa folk in anti-dengue ‘gotong-royong’ cleaning works

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Sidu (seated, second left) posing with the local community leaders and Health Department officers during the anti-dengue programme held at Desa Wira last week.

KUCHING: Batu Kawa area under Penghulu Sidu John’s jurisdiction was the latest area to implement the Cleaning-cum-Dengue Prevention ‘gotong-royong’ programme.

Sidu, who is also the programme’s organising chairman, said the event was carried out last week (Feb 7) at the Desa Wira community hall.

“Residents gathered at the hall as early as 8am and everyone worked together to clean up the surrounding areas. Our main objective was to prevent the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes,” Sidu said.

“It is common knowledge that the Aedes mosquito or Aedes Aegypti breeds in places with clear stagnant water and that can be found mostly in areas with a lot of rubbish and waste containers. I guess we can start by keeping villages clean and educate the public on the dangers of the disease,” he added.

The initiative was the brainchild of Kuching division Iban Pemanca John Tambie Awat and his committee members.

John Tambie was also present during the event, together with Padawan Municipal Council chairman Lo Khere Chiang.

Two Kuching District Health Department officers, Amin Tamel and Jey Petter, were also present.

Other notable participants at last week’s programme were community leaders from other areas who travelled to Desa Wira (Batu Kawa) to lend moral support and a helping hand to Sidu and residents, namely Edward Samat, Andam Nyamun, Robert Dino Ibas and Spencer Birai.

Wikipedia.org states that dengue fever, also known as ‘breakbone fever’ is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus, which in this case is spread by the Aedes Aegypti.

Symptoms of the disease includes fever, headache, muscle and joint pain and characteristic skin rash that is similar to measles.

The primary method of controlling the spread of the disease is prevention, that is to destroy all known breeding ground of the Aedes Aegypti.