Friday, October 07, 2005

NEA considering publishing a weekly listing of cluster sites found breeding mosquitoes

Reply from NEA 6 Oct 2005:

Dear Sir

Please refer to your email dated 29 September 05 to Feedback Unit.

2. We will take your suggestion into consideration.

3. We thank you for your feedback in our effort to fight against dengue.

Best Regards.
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Environmental Health Executive
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Jeff Ho
29/09/2005 10:07

cc: NEA dengue/NEA/SINGOV@SINGOV, "Letters@ Today"
Subject: Can NEA publish a weekly listing of cluster sites found breeding mosquitoes?

In an article in Today (29 Sept 2005 - see below), it was reported that of the 220 mosquito-breeding habitats found over the weekend, some 70% were found in public areas (like scupper drains, discarded recepticles in the open, etc.)

Over the last two weekends when intensive combing for mosquito-breeding sites was done, a total of 329 breeding sites were found. What is more worrying is that some 4,139 potential breeding sites have been found during the these two weekends (Straits Times, 29 Sept - "Shop assistant dies from dengue; third victim this month").

While the decision by the NEA to publish the weekly "Location of Active Clusters" is a step in the right direction, what is equally useful is to include another weekly listing of cluster sites found breeding mosquitoes.

Hopefully, with this new listing, residents will be more vigilant to ensure their areas are regularly maintained. Besides, it can act as a deterrent as I'm sure both residents and town councils will not want their areas to be listed too frequently?

Jeff Ho


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