77 construction sites in Johor fined and given compounds for dengue-related offences

Rizalman Hammim

Pix by Mohd Azren Jamaludin

ISKANDAR PUTERI: A total of 77 construction sites in Johor have been fined and given compounds for various dengue-related offences for the period between January and August this year.

State Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee chairman Dr Sahruddin Jamal said the fines and compounds totalled RM58,500.

“We don’t have the statistics for the number of dengue cases at construction sites because the statistics are usually done according to districts.

“However, I would like to remind construction companies to always be alert to the threat of dengue and make sure their sites are free of Aedes mosquitoes and their breeding sites,” said Dr Sahruddin after conducting a check at the Forest City construction site here.

Also present was Johor Health Director Dr Selahuddeen Abdul Aziz.

A total of 334 dengue cases were reported at the Forest City construction site as of Oct 6.

However, measures taken by Country Garden Pacificview Sdn Bhd, the developer of Forest City, in collaboration with government agencies had managed to reduce the number of cases with no cases recorded over the last two weeks.

Dr Sahruddin praised the developer for taking the measures to reduce the number of dengue cases at the site.

“Since this is a long term project, I hope the measures would become the standard operating procedure that other developers can practice at their sites,” said Dr Sahruddin.

For the period until Oct 6, a total of 4,336 dengue cases were reported in Johor, a 33.7 per cent drop compared to 6,476 cases recorded in the same period last year.

The number of dengue related deaths had also dropped from 23 in the same period last year to 13 this year.

Dr Sahruddin also said that the suggestion for long term construction sites to install their own incinerator to solve their waste management problem would have to be discussed with other related agencies.

“It is common knowledge that most open landfills in the state are nearing capacity. The state government is aware of this and will discuss with the various parties to come up with the best solution,” said Dr Sahruddin. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd