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Dengue: Health Exco Comes Under Fire

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SHAH ALAM: Sementa Assemblywoman Dr Daroyah Alwi, who is the State Health, Welfare, Women and Family Affairs Permanent Committee chairman came under attack by members of the Selangor State Assembly who were not happy with her answers on the increase in dengue cases in Selangor.

Earlier, she told the house that as of Aug 8, a total of 41,223 cases of dengue, with 92 deaths, had been reported in Selangor, with the highest in the Petaling district, totalling 17,913 cases.

“We have carried out various efforts to address dengue, like forming an action committee to control dengue, holding meetings, operations at construction sites, destroy dengue breeding grounds, task force, campaign, health education, as well as enforcement of the law to instill awareness among the public,” he added.

Not happy with the answer, Datuk Rosni Sohar (BN-Hulu Bernam) got up and asked her explain on immediate measures taken by the government to address the problem, and was supported by other members in the house, including Yeo Bee Yin (DAP-Damansara Utama) and Rodziah Ismail (PKR-Batu Tiga).

Questioned by Dr Idris Ahmad (PKR-Ijok) on new approach taken by the state government to address dengue, Daroyah said a biological control method was also used to control the breeding of Aedes mosquito.

Meanwhile, Dr Xavier Jayakumar (PKR-Sri Andalas) suggested the government to form a special committee, involving all members of the state executive council, to discuss the best approach to address dengue.

— BERNAMA

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