Through its anti-Aedes breeding initiatives, the Johor Health Department handed out 2,132 compounds worth RM1.017 million in the first four months of this year.
The operations were carried out, as stated by Ling Tian Soon, chairman of the State Health and Unity Committee, to ensure that all Aedes mosquito breeding areas were eradicated.
“The discovery of mosquito breeding sites in houses shows that members of the public are not really aware of the need to clean water containers and destroy places at risk of breeding Aedes mosquitoes.
“People need to clean their own houses by doing search and destroy activities for 10 minutes at home and workplace. This is to ensure that there is no place or container with stagnant water that can become a breeding ground for Aedes mosquitoes,” he said in a statement.
In addition to using insecticides, removing or covering water containers, and occasionally organising gotong royong activities, the general people must play a part in avoiding the reproduction of Aedes mosquitoes.
In Johor, 152 cases of dengue fever were reported in the 16th epidemiological week of this year, down from 156 the week before, according to Ling.
“Of the total cases reported in the 16th week, 55 cases were from the epidemic localities and 97 cases were from non-epidemic localities.
“Johor Bahru records the highest number of cases at 111, followed by Kulai (13), Kluang (six), five each in Muar, Kota Tinggi and Batu Pahat, two each in Segamat, Pontian and Tangkak, and one case in Mersing,” he said.
Meanwhile, as of 22 April, 353 cases of the COVID-19 XBB sub-variant had been recorded in nine different districts across the state, according to Ling.
At 200 cases, Johor Bahru had the most cases of the XBB sub-variant of COVID-19. Muar (33), Kulai (28), Batu Pahat (23), Kluang (22), Kota Tinggi (20), Tangkak (14), Pontian (11) and Segamat (two) were the next-highest-case regions.