intensifying its efforts to combat the outbreak of dengue on the island.
The department’s enforcement unit had been deployed to residential areas and particularly in low-cost flats and construction grounds, as well as villages, drains and public parks to check on possible mosquito breeding sites.
Its director, Dr Ismail Ali said the department had taken a face-to-face approach with house owners and villagers, reminding them to take responsibility in combating the dengue.
He cautioned that dengue cases had reached a critical level in other states, and people at all level must take pre-emptive measures in their surroundings.
“The approach is effective in reminding house owners on the need to take extra precaution and ensure their surroundings were from mosquito breeding grounds,” he said.
Dr Ismail said the campaign against dengue and the awareness drive would continue, with pamphlets on preventing dengue fever and eliminating mosquitoes being distributed to all housing estates, public places, restaurants and schools.
“Although, Labuan was among the states with the lowest case of dengue with only 11 cases last year, we must not stop our campaign, we are distributing pamphlets in a large volume to members of the public,” he stressed.
The country has recorded a remarkable increase in the number of dengue cases in the first three weeks of 2015 as compared to the corresponding period of last year.
According to a statement by Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam last month, for the first three weeks of 2015, the number of dengue cases reported nationwide was 8,502, an increase of 65 per cent from 5,141 cases reported during the same period last year.