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Construction sites target of anti-aedes operation

Published on: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: Construction sites within the perimeters of the city were targeted by a joint effort between the Health Department (vector unit), City Hall and the police to eradicate aedes mosquitoes.

Code-named "Ops Gempur Khas", the operation was held simultaneously nationwide on Tuesday.

A total of 50 health enforcement personnel led by Sabah Deputy Director Dr Jamail Muhi, Senior Kota Kinabalu Health Officer Dr Mohd Saffree Jeffree and Deputy Director Dr Jenarun Jelip took part in the inspection exercise.

The operation was aimed at preventing and controlling the spread of dengue as well as to streamline integrated enforcement activities.

There was a rise in dengue cases in most states.

Based on statistics and available information, construction sites were the biggest contributors to the spread of aedes.

Dr Jamail said as of April 7, 395 cases of dengue were reported in Sabah.

"It is 58.1 per cent higher compared to the same period last year with 277 cases," he said.

Tawau, Kota Kinabalu and Tuaran recorded the highest figures at 69, 65 and 44 cases, respectively.

During the joint operation, eight construction sites were identified as breeding grounds for mosquitoes, especially under the buildings.

Sites that have been identified as having more than two breeding locations have been ordered to shut operations.