Friday, August 19, 2005

Outbreak in the Lady Hill Road area

Reply from NEA:

"Please refer to the feedback from Ms Claire L Beswick below.

Our investigation carried out on 20 August 2005 show that apart from some leaves, the cul-de-sac and drains at Lady Hill Road were found to be in satisfactory condition and free from mosquito breeding. We alerted our cleansing contractor and the site was immediately spruced up. They have been reminded to adhere strictly to the cleansing schedules.We had also inspected the rooftop of house no 6, Lady Hill Road which is currently undergoing minor renovation works. It was found to be dry and no stagnant water or mosquito breeding was detected. Nonetheless we will be serving a CVPA Order on the contractor requiring him to ensure that the site is free from mosquito breeding. Enforcement action will be taken if he fails to comply.

Our records show that there were no reported dengue cases for the past one month at Lady Hill Road area. My officers had tried to contact Miss Claire on her cell phone and visited her residence on two occasions but to no avail.Please convey our findings to Ms Claire. If she requires further assistance, she could contact the officer- in-charge of the area Mr Jumahinat DID 62639312. We will continue to monitor the site.

Thank you for the feedback.

Best regards.
Nordin SulaimanManager (Tg Pagar GRC2)
Sanitation and Vector Control
Central RegionalOffice
National Environment Agency
DID+65 62639312
Fax+65 62739641"

Following from a contributor:

"Mr Ho is to be congratulated for his vigilance in trying to do something - anything - to stem the rising number of Dengue Fever cases in Singapore. Having just recovered from this excruciating, yet preventable virus, I am still waiting for the National Environment Agency to inspect our residential cul-de-sac and deal with the choked drains on neighbouring roof-tops that are almost certainly the cause of an outbreak in our vicinity. Two other cases of Dengue Fever in our neighbourhood were reported in the same week as mine. Hardly a coincidence.

It seems extraordinary that Singapore has been so successful in eradicating so many diseases including Tuberculosis, Yellow Fever and Cholera; yet the control of a known killer still manages to evade the immense resources of an organisation such as the NEA. Just as the mandatory subscription to responsible waste management services is enforced in Singapore, so should every property owner and tenant be required to deal immediately with stagnant water and blocked drains that are inevitably the source of mosquitoes. No one would put up with the stench and health risks associated with piles of rotting rubbish being piled up on the footpath from a neighbour’s house, so why do we have to put up with stagnant! water?

It begs the question; if a vaccine were available to individuals travelling to Dengue Fever infected countries, how would Singapore react to being on a list of countries that the World Health Organisation deemed to be “High Risk”?

My bet is that the authorities here would do more to protect our tourism revenues and investments by actively assuring the international community that Singapore is a safe country, where the risks of viral infection is extremely low.

Claire L. Beswick"


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