by Rosli Mansor
Cases of dengue fever in the administrative area of the Ipoh City Council (MBI) recorded an increase with 65 cases reported until January 21 (Epid Week: 3).
According to the mayor of Ipoh, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin @ Md Daud, the increase was 51 cases (364.3 percent) compared to 14 cases in the same period last year.
“The following are the localities where dengue fever cases have been reported until January 29, 2023.
“Four-controlled outbreak locality in Taman Meru Jaya with 2 Cases expected to end on 30 January, Taman Wolly with 2 Cases expected to end on 4 February.
“Taman Asia with 2 cases is expected to end on February 9, Cherry Apartment with 2 cases is expected to end on February 10,” he said.
He said this while chairing the January 2023 Council Plenary Meeting at the Ipoh City Council Meeting Hall (MBI), today.
Rumaizi said public health experts predicted an increase in dengue cases this year based on weather changes.
He also said that the country is expected to experience a neutral EL Nino (El-Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO)) for 2023.
“Therefore, dengue cases are expected to increase in January and February and peak in June and July 2023,” he said.
In the meantime, he said that last year, a total of 2,854 notices for the removal of nuisances from land lots and abandoned houses were issued.
“A total of 2,148 have been complied with, which is a 75 percent compliance rate. This compliance rate was a decrease of 5 percent compared to the target of 80 per cent every year.
“It is set through the Semak Samun Sendiri Lot Cleaning Compliance Program (3P3S KENDIRI),” he said.
He added that a total of 14 compound offers worth RM 11,250 have also been issued to owners who were detected and failed to comply.
He said, the rates for compound offers to owners who fail to comply with the notice has been increased from the maximum rate of RM500 to RM2000 effective from 8 February 2022.
Rumaizi said the offence under Section 82 (5) of Act 171 is failure to comply with the nuisance removal notice.