PETALING JAYA – The nation today undertook a massive community self-help (gotong royong) clean-up spearheaded by the Health Ministry to get rid of the breeding grounds of the Aedes mosquito which has spread dengue that has claimed 282 lives so far this year.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam launched the clean-up in Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara here under the exercise that covered all the states and federal territories except Melaka and Johor. These two states will carry out the programme later.
The ministry’s programme covered 15 dengue hotspots in the country, focusing on idle land or plots where rubbish pile-up had contributed to 18 per cent of the Aedes mosquito breeding grounds nationwide.
“For occupied land or plots, we have issued notice to the owners to clean up their areas. If they do not do anything, these areas will be cleaned up with the help of the local authorities,” Dr Subramaniam told reporters after launching the mega ‘gotong royong’.
He said several government agencies also carried out the programme at their own facilities, such as the Malaysian Armed Forces at their camps, the police at their quarters and the People’s Volunteer Corps at Rela training centres. – BERNAMA