Volunteers needed to fight dengue; more breeding sites found in Tampines: Masagos

Pamphlets distributed by the National Environment Agency to inform residents about dengue.
Pamphlets distributed by the National Environment Agency to inform residents about dengue.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans need to chip in to help prevent dengue, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli said, after a dengue inspection in Tampines.

A total of 86 mosquito breeding sites were found in the Tampines Polyview cluster, said Mr Masagos in a Facebook post on Friday (Jan 8).

"Sixty were in homes, 19 in common areas, six in other premises, and one in a construction site," he wrote.

 
 

The minister, who is also an MP of Tampines GRC, accompanied National Environment Agency (NEA) officers on an inspection visit in Tampines Polyview.

It is the largest dengue cluster to date, with 195 dengue cases reported as of Thursday.

"Other than regular checks and oiling of drains, the officers have also been carrying out inspections at night and on weekends, reaching out to all residential units," Mr Masagos said.

During the inspection, they found adult mosquitoes and larvae in some of the Gravitraps, indicating a high level of mosquito activity, despite three rounds of home inspections and destruction of breeding habitats.

"We need to prevent mosquito breeding. But NEA officers and Town Councils cannot achieve this alone," he said.

"I would like to call out to volunteers to come down to Tampines West CC on Sunday, 17 January at 2pm to help us distribute repellents to residents in the affected areas and to create awareness on the dengue situation and also to encourage them to practise the five-step Mozzie Wipeout. #stopdengue"