BALIK PULAU, Jan 26 – Dengue incidence is rising, with Selangor recording the highest number in one week, according to Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya. He cited disorganised garbage collection as a factor for the spread of dengue in the state.
“In the course of one week, there were almost 3,000 cases nationwide, of which more than 1,000 were in Selangor,” he told reporters after the presentation of 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) in Balik Pulau here Sunday. He named Petaling as the area in Selangor with the highest number of dengue cases.
“Selangor is an urban area; the local government must ensure that its enforcement covers all the areas including squatter colonies,” he said. Meanwhile, Dr Hilmi described the local council election proposal by the DAP government in Penang as a waste of time.
“Don’t spend too much time politicking. We have an election every five years, suffice that after the election, we concentrate on developing the state and doing what is best for the people,” he said. In another development, the Balik Pulau MP said 16 clinics comprising four in Terengganu, 11 in Kelantan and one in Beufort, Sabah, which had been destroyed by floods would be rebuilt.