Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Known dengue clusters in Teck Whye, Woodlands, Upper Boon Keng, Yishun and Ang Mo Kio

NEA's reply on 16 Aug 2005 on known dengue clusters:

"Thanks for your feedback. Some of these dengue areas are Teck Whye, Woodlands, Upper Boon Keng,Yishun and Ang Mo Kio. NEA informs residents in the affected areas by sending them dengue alert letters which advises them to get rid of potential mosquito breeding habitats. NEA also place dengue educational banners and posters up in the affected areas so that everyone including residents of surrounding estates would be aware of the dengue cluster situation in their neighbourhood. Such banners display information like how many cases are there and location of the dengue cluster and when the first case started.

Best regards
Ginny Tan
Manager (Situation Room), Operations
Environmental Health Department
The National Environment Agency"


At 1:29 PM, Blogger tzyya said...

Tackling mosquito breeding habitats is a challenging task that we all should do it together for our benefits. NEA is already doing a very good job with their limited available resources. I feel other government agencies (do not know which one), town councils, volunteer organisations and maybe resident committees should also chip in together to help fight the outbreak of dengue and get rid of known mosquito breeding habitats.

To my understanding, Aedes mosquitoes is very resilient and breed only in clean water. I believe most of the breeding ground could be found inside our own backyard or areas around us. The authority should also pay attention to checking potential breeding areas and taking actions to correct the situation. Regular, thorough and continuous inspection on suspect breeding areas are very important. When education cannot work then stern actions must be taken against repeated culprits.

For example, it is so easy to see where uncovered bamboo poles in any HDB blocks but the NEA officers conducting the inspection cannot get into the respective unit to inspect because there is nobody in. For our residents, NEA is very kind to give out free bamboo poles covers to the residents but the residents still did not put them up so what is the point? This shows more need to be done than just giving out free bamboo poles covers.

When any of your family members come down with dengue fever then you will realise how important for us to jointly fight the Aedes mosquitoes to prevent dengue outbreak together. No doubt we are just individuals but together with the authorities we can win our fight with Aedes mosquitoes.

Let's hope we can get over any new outbreak of dengue clusters and free from dengue fever.

At 11:02 AM, Blogger sgpcitizen said...

In response to the comment by tzyya, we should applaud the efforts by NEA and their term contractors in using their limited resources to combat the increasing dengue outbreak in Singapore. However i came across an issue of concern. There is a tender schedule under which shows the tenders for a pest control project. The price difference between the highest bidder and the lowest bidder is 42%. I wonder how pest control companies offering similar products and services could differ so much in their tenders? With the heightened concern over dengue outbreaks, can we be assured of the most effective measures to reduce/eradicate breeding?


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