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BERA – Owners of business and residential premises in the state that have failed to clean up mosquito breeding grounds within their property are set to face legal action.

Pahang Health director Datuk Dr Zainal Ariffin Omar said health enforcement authorities would not hesitate to refer the cases to the deputy public prosecutor if any individual refused to comply with the notice under Section 8 of the Destruction of Disease Bearing Insects Act 1975.

“This notice is issued as a directive to clean their surroundings within seven days, after which, if they still refuse to comply, they will be taken to court directly,” he told Bernama here, today.

Dr Zainal Ariffin said if any person failed to comply with the notice, it would constitute as an offence under Section 23 of the same Act which provides for a fine not exceeding RM10,000, or a maximum jail term of two years, or both, upon conviction.

He said the department had to tighten enforcement to serve as a lesson to those who failed to keep their surroundings free of Aedes mosquitoes to prevent dengue fever and Zika.

Dr Zainal Ariffin said the Health department had provided ample opportunities to the public by implementing various prevention programmes to educate them on maintaining a clean environment to prevent the outbreak of Dengue and Zika.

But he said so far there was poor cooperation from the public as they continued to practice old habits and ignored instructions to keep their premises free of mosquito larvae breeding sites.

“We still find flower pots and plastic containers filled with larvae left in the open just like that…wouldn’t this lead to the spread of Dengue fever and Zika viral infection brought by the Aedes mosquito?” he said. – BERNAMA

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